Michigan man saves winning lottery ticket after wife nearly throws it out

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A couple in Michigan nearly missed out on winning millions from a scratch-off lottery ticket after the woman who received the ticket thought it was a dud.

A husband and wife from Lansing, who chose to remain anonymous, said that the husband gave her a $20 Multiplier Spectacular scratch-off for her birthday, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

Thinking it wasn't a winning ticket, the wife went to throw it away — but her husband grabbed it to give it a second look, saw it was a winning ticket worth $2 million, then double-checked it at a local retailer.

"We don't consider ourselves to be lucky, so this was a nice surprise," the couple said.


The Lansing duo visited the Michigan State Lottery headquarters on Tuesday night to claim their prize, WDIV reported. They took a one-time lump sum of roughly $1.3 million from their lottery winnings, as opposed to an annuity with 30 annual payments of roughly $67,000.

The couple said they plan to use the money toward their children's college tuition.