Iowa man wins $1 million thanks to convenience store clerk’s ticket error

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An Iowa man is even luckier than your average lottery winner.

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Josh Buster, 40, of West Burlington, said he only won because of a mistake by a convenience store clerk.

Buster said he wanted five easy-pick plays, but was accidentally given just one play. The clerk then asked Buster if it was OK to print the remaining four plays on a separate ticket.

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

Buster, a prep chef, said he couldn’t believe he had won after scanning his tickets.

“I don’t usually have good luck, so I thought it was a mistake and there was going to be an error,” he said. “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 just waiting to wake up from a dream.”

Lottery officials told FOX that Buster plans to pay off his car and the mortgage on his mother’s house and will invest the rest for retirement.

“It will take away a lot of my stress in my life — no more of the financial worries,” Buster said.

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