Iowa chef blames $1 million lottery win on employee’s ticket misprint

An Iowa prep chef suspects his million-dollar lottery prize was due to an employee’s misprint when he purchased his ticket.

Josh Buster, 40, of West Burlington, explained that when he went to play the lottery at MK Mini Mart for the April 15 Mega Millions drawing, he asked for five easy pick plays, the Iowa Lottery said in a statement. press. The clerk mistakenly printed one play and then offered to print the remaining four on a separate ticket.

“I feel like that changed the numbers that I would have gotten if I had put them all in one instead of making that mistake,” Buster said.

The prep chef, who works at a Burlington restaurant, said he found out he was successful on April 16.

“I got up to go to work early in the morning. I opened the lottery app and scanned my tickets,” she told the Iowa Lottery. “I always keep my tickets in my car console. And I scanned it in the car and got scared and ran inside.”

Initially he thought his eyes were playing tricks on him.

“I don’t normally have good luck, so I thought it was a mistake and there was going to be a mistake,” he explained. “So I googled the lottery numbers to make sure I had the right ones, and I did! And then the rest of the day, I’m looking forward to waking up from a dream.”

Buster matched the first five numbers but missed the “Mega Ball”. He would have won the $20 million jackpot if he had matched the final number, according to the Iowa Lottery.

Buster went to the state lottery headquarters in Clive to claim his prize on April 18. He plans to pay off the mortgage on his and his mother’s car before saving the rest for his retirement.

The odds of matching five numbers and losing the Mega Ball are 1 in 12,607,306, while the odds of getting all five numbers plus the Mega Ball are 1 in 302,575,350, says the Iowa Lottery.

In February, an Oregon man won $8.9 million after going through a forgotten Megabucks ticket he bought on Christmas Eve, Breitbart News reported.

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