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Dearborn Heights man wins $1M lottery twice on same day, says it was an accident

Winning the lottery once is a dream. But winning the lottery twice in the same day seems impossible.

For 56-year-old Dearborn Heights resident Samir Mazahem, the impossible event became a reality when an accident led him to win the lottery two times.

In June, Mazahem bought two tickets online with the same number – 01-05-09-10-23 – by accident.

Mazahem said he saved his most-played numbers as “favorites” on the lottery app.

“What I didn’t realize, is that meant I would be buying a second ticket with the same numbers,” Mazahem told the Michigan Lottery. “Once I figured out I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it.”

After buying his tickets on MichiganLottery.com, he logged into the app to check his lottery numbers.

This is when he saw two $1 million prizes waiting for him.

“Saying that I was stunned is an understatement,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it was real. It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million!”

Mazahem claimed his prizes and said he plans to buy a house then save the rest of his winnings.

“Winning is exciting and gives me some comfort knowing that when I retire, I will have money in the bank,” he said.

A Dearborn Heights man accidentally bought two tickets on the Michigan Lottery's app. This accident ended up winning him $1 million twice.

‘What’s up, bud?’: Edmonton-area man wins $2.5M lottery prize . twice

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‘Two people won the lottery . it just happens both of them are me’

When Andrew Burke learned he had won the lottery last month, he knew he was about to win it again.

Burke was at the Fas Gas in Calmar, Alta., where he regularly buys lottery tickets, when he asked the clerk to check his ticket.

She did, and the counter staff erupted.

“The owner walked in and said, ‘Have you broken my machine, Andrew?’ ” Burke told CBC News.

“I said, ‘I don’t know. What’s up, bud?’

“He said, ‘You’ve won $2.5 million.’ I said, ‘You’d better check that other ticket, because that’s a winner as well.’ “

Burke accidentally bought two tickets for the Sept. 16 LOTTO 6/49 draw using the same numbers. So in effect, he split the draw’s top prize of $5 million, which he would have won regardless, with himself.

“Two people won the lottery,” he said. “It just happens both of them are me.”

‘I just won five million bucks’

Once Burke returned home, he called his wife, Christine, asking her to pick up some takeout for dinner on her way home.

When she arrived, he sat her down.

“I have something to tell you,” he said.

She assumed immediately he had quit his job.

“I said, ‘Do you remember when we got married what your father said in his speech? He said, ‘I always wanted my daughter to marry a millionaire. I got the next best thing, a man who spends money like a millionaire.’

“She said, ‘You haven’t.’

“I said, ‘Yes. I just won five million bucks.’ “

Burke said he’s taking the win in stride.

“I’m 63 years old with two replacement knees and a bad back,” he said.

“I always wanted a Porsche 911. But the problem with that is, I can’t get in one. And if I did get in one, I couldn’t get out of one.”

All he’s ever wanted from a lottery win is to keep his home in the town 22 kilometres southwest of Edmonton, restore his Land Rover and retire — which he did four days after his win, Burke said.

“That’s it. Fix the house the way we want it and live comfortably for the rest of our lives.”

When Calmar, Alta., resident Andrew Burke learned he had won the lottery last month, he knew he was about to win it again.