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22-year-old Missouri man wins $1 million by mistake

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Courtesy: Mo. Lottery

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. — A 22-year-old Missouri man, who works as a clerk at a Lake of the Ozarks area supermarket, says the $1 million lottery money he won, happened because he goofed at work.

Tyler Nilges won the million in the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club drawing on Nov. 7.

According to the lottery website, Nilges, mistakenly printed the Quick Pick ticket for a customer who was buying a Show Me Cash, a Lotto and a Mega Million ticket.

So, Nilges held onto the ticket, hoping to sell it by the end of his shift at Woods Supermarket.  When that didn’t happen, he just bought it himself.

“I thought, ‘Ok, it’s just going to mess up my count.’ So I bought the ticket,” Nilges told lottery officials.

Now, $1 million richer, Nilges hopes to go to nursing school and buy a “hot rod.”

Lottery officials explain how the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game is played:

It features three ways to win $1 million. Players can win the Top Prize that is capped at $25 million.  Once that Top Prize is won, a separate drawing that awards a minimum of 10 Millionaires’ Club prizes of $1 million each is conducted. Each week the Top Prize is not won, the number of $1 million  prizes increases.