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Man accidentally buys two identical lottery tickets but wins with both

Scotty Thomas, from North Carolina, said the mistake came about after he was thinking about the upcoming Lucky for Life drawing and couldn’t remember if he’d already bought a ticket

Scotty Thomas had to have a lie down after the double win (stock photo)

A man has won big after accidentally purchasing two identical tickets for the same lottery drawing and ending up winning two prizes of $25,000 a year for life.

Scotty Thomas, from North Carolina, said the mistake came about after he was thinking about the upcoming Lucky for Life drawing and couldn’t remember if he’d already bought a ticket.

“I was just lying in bed watching a basketball game on TV, and I couldn’t remember if I filled it out or not,” Mr Thomas told told North Carolina EducationLottery.

“I went ahead and filled it out again, and the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts listed.

“I realized, ‘I think I filled it out twice.'”

Mr Thomas, who bought both of his $2 tickets online, ended up winning a $25,000 a year for life prize with each ticket.

Upon realising he had won, Mr Thomas said he had to “lie down on the floor”.

“I really just couldn’t believe it,” Thomas said.

“It’s just a blessing.”

Mr Thomas has since chosen to take both of his prizes as one-time, lump-sum payments, receiving a total payout of $780,000.

The winner said he plans to use the money to invest in his business, pay off bills, help his family and potentially buy a house.

Back in 2019, we reported on a cleaner who reaped £1million ‘by mistake’ after winning the same lottery jackpot twice.

Gayle Say, 56, won two £500,000 Thunderball jackpots in the same draw and almost asked for her ticket to be void.

She has quit her job as a cleaner after scooping her mega rollover win.

Gayle, who is married to Philip, 65, bought multiple lines for three tickets for Tuesday’s draw but realised she had copied the same numbers out twice.

The gran was about to ask the shopkeeper if she could cancel one of the tickets but changed her mind, because “it’s not like we will win anyway”.

But the lines she duplicated matched the five numbers 4, 7, 20, 23, 27 and the Thunderball 8 meaning she won the £500,000 top prize twice over.

Gayle also matched three numbers and the Thunderball on another line to claim an extra £20.

And in a one-in-a-million chance, she also won an extra £5,000 by matching five numbers and £10 for guessing three numbers on another line.

Gayle and her husband Philip, who have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren together, plan to put deposits on houses for their family and help them with their rent.

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