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Sometimes it pays to be forgetful.
Most people only ever dream of winning the lottery once. One man in North Carolina, however, accidentally won twice on the same day.
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Scotty Thomas forgot that he had already bought a lottery ticket for the Lucky for Life drawing and accidentally purchased a second ticket with the same numbers, Fox 10 reports. When the numbers came up, he ended up winning the $25,000-a-year prize twice.
In a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery, Thomas explained, "I was just laying in bed watching a basketball game on TV and I couldn’t remember if I filled it out or not. I went ahead and filled it out again and the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts listed. I realized, ‘I think I filled it out twice.’"
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The mistake worked out for him, however.
With both tickets, Thomas had several options for his winnings. He could claim the yearly prize for both tickets and get $50,000 every year for the rest of his life. Or, he could take the lump sum option for a ticket, which came to $390,000 (per ticket).