Megabucks Winner Makes $7.3 Million Lucky ‘Mistake’

Life is full of moments that can have drastic consequences. What if you walked away from a moment that could have changed yours for the better? One Megabucks winner almost did that but changed his mind, and his life was never the same.

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Sometimes, the best things in life happen by chance. That’s what happened to one lucky Megabucks player on Saturday, June 16th, 2018.

Charles Svitak of Central Point, Oregon, entered a local 7-Eleven with the intention of buying 1 lottery ticket. The store clerk informed him that 2 tickets had been mistakenly printed and asked him if he wanted to purchase them instead of choosing his own numbers on a new ticket. Charles decided to buy 1 of the ‘mistake’ tickets and left the store, but at the last minute, he changed his mind and went back to buy the second one.

A Life-Changing Moment

That change of heart turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The second ‘mistake’ ticket held the 6 matching numbers of the entire $7.3 million Megabucks jackpot!

If Charles hadn’t changed his mind at the last minute, someone else may have bought it, or it may have been discarded without a winner at all. Commenting on his amazing win, Mr. Svitak said, “When I checked the ticket on my computer, I couldn’t believe it. The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift. It was a very good day.”

With the choice of either a lump sum payout or yearly annuity payments, Mr. Svitak chose the lump sum cash option. He walked away $3.65 million richer.

After being asked about their immediate plans, Mr. Svitak and his wife said they’d like to travel and buy a few new cars. The couple also intend to meet with a financial advisor to help them plan for the future.

The Megabucks lottery has been active since 1985, creating literally hundreds of millionaires throughout the state. This win made Charles Svitak the 284th Megabucks millionaire. This is one ‘mistake’ he likely won’t ever forget.

Of course, players can avoid these types of mistakes to begin with by playing online. Buying official lottery tickets online means you always receive the exact tickets you’ve purchased with the exact numbers you’ve selected, leaving no room for error.

What makes the Svitak’s story so amazing is that it could have happened to anyone. It just goes to show: you can’t win if you don’t play.

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