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Man hits $10 million jackpot after store clerk's mistake

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Posted: February 26, 2014, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

DEPEW, N.Y. (AP) — A convenience store clerk's mistake has paid off in a big way for a western New York man.

Fifty-three-year-old Jerry Kajfasz (of Lancaster won a $10 million jackpot from a $20 scratch-off ticket he purchased last month at a suburban Buffalo store.

He tells local media outlets he bought seven scratch-off tickets but the clerk nearly handed him an eighth one costing $20. Kajfasz caught the mistake and handed it back.

After winning a total of $25 from the tickets, he went back inside the store and used the winnings to buy the same $20 scratch-off ticket the clerk had almost given to him by mistake.

That Win for Life Spectacular ticket wound up being a winner with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $10 million.

Kajfasz has already quit his printing job.

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    Posted: February 26, 2014, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

    It's always a story like this attached to a big win.

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      Posted: February 27, 2014, 4:23 am - IP Logged

      Nice, I would have made the mistake of putting the money back into the same lower cost tickets.

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        Posted: February 27, 2014, 7:33 am - IP Logged

        Congrats for the win, but how is that a mistake? All he simply did was win money from the original 7 tickets and go back and bought another. He could have done that without the clerk handing over the 8th.  Had he originally kept the ticket and forked over another $20, then yes that would have been a mistake that paid out!

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          Posted: February 27, 2014, 7:55 am - IP Logged

          I dont see the mistake I mean he gave the ticket back then went back and bought the same one he gave back and won...he got lucky

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            Posted: February 27, 2014, 9:36 am - IP Logged

            Imagine the thought of handing back a ticket worth that much money...just the thought of it gives me goosebumps!! Glad it worked out for him in the end though Thumbs Up

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              Posted: February 27, 2014, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

              I dont see the mistake I mean he gave the ticket back then went back and bought the same one he gave back and won...he got lucky

              He might not have gone back to purchase the other one without the original mistake.

              I know when I'm offered a mistake ticket I usually decline, but don't think for a second I'm not thinking about it possibly being a winner as I walk out the store and drive away. If I won another dollar I'd probably go back in there and purchase it where I would not have done so otherwise.

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                Posted: February 27, 2014, 10:24 pm - IP Logged

                Someone else in line behind him could have bought that ticket.

                I buy the mistakes, because I don't want to regret it, just in case...

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