Iowa man wins $1M Mega Millions prize after lucky mistake

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Josh Buster, 40, of West Burlington, Iowa, won $1 million from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, the Iowa Lottery said in a release. He claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive

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Buster said he had asked for five plays on a ticket, but the convenience store clerk accidentally only printed out one play. The clerk then asked if Burster wanted the other four plays on a different ticket. He thought putting all the plays on one ticket could have changed the numbers.

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“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.

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Buster's win is the second seven-digit prize to go to Iowa in 2022, following a $2 million win by a New Hampton couple in January.


He says he's going to use the prize money in a practical fashion, with money going into paying off his car, the mortgage on his mom's house, and the rest going into his retirement fund."


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