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Lucky NJ man wins third major lottery prize

Jan 20, 2016, 8:09 am

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HOWELL, N.J. — The start of the New Year appears to be a lucky time for Mike Ducker.

In the last week of December 2013, the year he started playing the lottery, he won $20,000 on a 20X Cash scratch-off ticket. Then just a couple weeks later, in January 2014, he claimed another $20,000 playing the same game.

But those cash prizes pale in comparison to the $200,000 he recently won playing the $500 Frenzy game. On Tuesday, Carole Hedinger, executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, presented Ducker, a Brick Township resident, with a check for $200,000 at Wine O Land on Route 9 in Howell, where Ducker purchased the winning ticket. 

"It's a completely overwhelming experience," Ducker said during a press conference at the liquor store. "I must have checked (the ticket) about 10 times to be honest, just to make sure that I wasn't seeing things. It was an unbelievable experience, every time that I scanned it and the reality starting setting in more and more and more."

Ducker, who declined to comment on his employment, said he plays the lottery "more than the average person." He said he indulges for entertainment purposes and is responsible about how much money he spends on tickets. 

He keeps a separate fund just for lottery tickets. In all, Ducker has spent a total of $125,000 on the lottery, but has won $300,000. 

"It's pure entertainment for me," he said. "The days I'm not having luck, I still enjoy it. Life is great right now. It's an unbelievable experience."

So what is Ducker going to do with his winnings?

"I'm going to buy a new vehicle and after renting for many years, it will help with a down payment on a house — when the time is right," he said.

Ducker said he plays the $500 Frenzy game the most often because it offers him the best odds of winning $500 in any game. Ducker is never thinking about the top prize, $200,000, when he plays.

So when he purchased his most recent $500 Frenzy ticket at Wine O Land, he was in shock when he scanned the ticket at the self-scanner device near the register.

"The message came up that something was wrong with the ticket," he said. "It was a claim. And I checked multiple times. I brought it over to Wawa and had it checked there, and it said that it was a claim-winner. Based on my knowledge, I know that this game only has one prize that's a claim-winner, so it couldn't be anything other than the $200,000 prize."

Ducker said his decision to purchase a lottery ticket at Wine O Land was nothing more than intuition. He frequents many different retailers to buy lottery tickets.

But sometimes luck strikes twice at the same place, as it did when Ducker won his combined $40,000 on two 20X Cash tickets purchased at the Singin Oil auto-repair shop on Hurley Avenue in Lakewood.

The owner of Wine O Land, Sarath Mamdapadi, earned a $5,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket to Ducker.

But Ducker isn't even the top winner at Wine O Land, Mamdapadi said. A lucky player took home $1 million in the Mega Millions game in July 2015.

Ducker can only dream of getting so lucky a fourth time and claiming a prize that big. But as the New Jersey Lotto catch phrase goes: "Anything can happen in Jersey."

"The lottery has come up big for me in the past couple years," Ducker said.

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dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
North Carolina
United States
Member #64580
September 1, 2008
349 Posts

I'm happy for him, but man, he's lucky he's made back what he's put in. $125,000 is how much he has played - and he only started in December 2013? Anyone think maybe he has a gambling problem? At least he has a separate fund for lottery tickets. 

Well, congrats to him!

"Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

    dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
    United States
    Member #74094
    May 2, 2009
    24135 Posts

    Good for him, it's a thrill winning a big amount of money.

    It's an even bigger thrill winning multiple times!

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      OneTrickpony's avatar - rocking horse.jpg

      United States
      Member #167650
      July 25, 2015
      118 Posts

      That's incredible luck.  Good for him!

        Tialuvslotto's avatar - Jailin
        United States
        Member #150790
        December 31, 2013
        824 Posts

        $125K?  That's a new vehicle and a pretty good down-payment on a house! Green laugh

        "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

        ~Robert A. Heinlein

          dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
          United States
          Member #82389
          November 12, 2009
          6371 Posts

          Congratulations Mike Thumbs Up

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            United States
            Member #87366
            February 23, 2010
            66 Posts

            Doing the math that is approx $100.00 a day for 3 years thats alot of money but have seen people spend more. Must have a good job or reason does not have a house yet? But Good Luck and Hope you either break even or win.

              music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
              Fresno, California
              United States
              Member #157849
              August 2, 2014
              3959 Posts

              Congratulations Mike Ducker! Good Luck to you in your future lottery fun.

               "We are all in this together!" 

                Groppo's avatar - cat anm.gif

                United States
                Member #162624
                January 7, 2015
                780 Posts


                That's the kind of luck I'm waiting on.

                Several smaller prizes like that, would do me just fine.

                  Wyomissing, PA
                  United States
                  Member #161043
                  November 15, 2014
                  481 Posts

                  I'm happy for him, but man, he's lucky he's made back what he's put in. $125,000 is how much he has played - and he only started in December 2013? Anyone think maybe he has a gambling problem? At least he has a separate fund for lottery tickets. 

                  Well, congrats to him!

                  Very interesting he'd mention spending $125K. On his YouTube channel, which only shows pre-checked, winning tickets being scratched, he's dodged the issue, and further implies that he's still only using "house" money. Some were skeptical of this, and it turns out they were right to be. Appears he was at least $25K in the hole prior to the $200K win. He got very lucky, and even after taxes (much of it deductible from losses), should be ahead, in regards to lottery play, for awhile. Hopefully, he stays ahead - not so easy against a 25%+ house margin.

                    United States
                    Member #162427
                    January 2, 2015
                    2674 Posts

                    WOW!!! He appears to be spending about 2.5k a week!  I would expect better returns than that. 

                      United Kingdom
                      Member #140678
                      March 24, 2013
                      589 Posts

                      Wow, I am not sure what to think to be honest..... he should really quit while he's ahead haha.

                      £2.50 and a dream!

                        United States
                        Member #138694
                        February 3, 2013
                        374 Posts

                        Good for him, it's a thrill winning a big amount of money.

                        It's an even bigger thrill winning multiple times!

                        he's definately won multiple times , this is the legendary youtuber ( mike dee ) he's probably won 300000 just last year and is currently writing a book on winning scratch offs ....... funny thing i recented made a post on his page asking where in jersey he bought his tickets ..... and i had not gotten i response , here they just named two of his ticket winning stores

                        isnt that something

                          United States
                          Member #122685
                          February 6, 2012
                          368 Posts

                          Holy crap he's spending a lot of money. It's paying off right now, but who knows if it will in the future, seems very dangerous. This is nothing though, there is some guy in my town, no one knows who he is that plays about $4,000 a day in the lottery at the store near me. He has his slips all there at the store with the owner and they spend an hour or two in the morning just running them through, it's just crazy. I have no idea how much he wins but it must payoff if he keeps doing it. 

                            RedStang's avatar - laughing chimp.gif
                            United States
                            Member #121955
                            January 21, 2012
                            3169 Posts

                            He's lucky he's ahead but if i spent 125k i would expect millions not thousands.