Getting lucky once is incredible. Getting lucky twice is just downright amazing, and lucky three times is…well, we don’t even know what to say to that! This is the story of a New Jersey lottery player who seems to be having the best new year ever after getting lucky for a third time. Read his story here!
2016 seems to be off to a great start already for Mike Ducker. In the year 2013, December, Mike started playing the lottery. And boy, did he love it! He won $20,000 on a 20X scratch-off ticket. Then a few weeks later in the year 2014, January, he won another prize to the tune of $20,000 as well! And what’s more, he was playing the same game when he won twice! What do you think of that, huh?
If you’re getting jealous, don’t get jealous too soon until you hear the rest of it. Those cash prizes were nothing in comparison to the next prize he was destined to win. Yup, that’s right. He won $200,000 playing a $500 Frenzy game very recently.
Recently, Carole Hedinger, an executive director for the New Jersey lottery, gave Mike, who is a Brick Township resident, a massive cheque for $200,000 at the store where Mike bought the winning ticket. The store was called ‘Wine-O Land’ and is situated on Route 9 in Howell.
“It’s a completely overwhelming experience,” said Mike while he was attending a press conference at the liquor store. “I must have checked the ticket over about a hundred time to be sure. Honestly, I just couldn’t believe I had won again, which is why I was so unsure. It was an unbelievable experience, every time that I scanned it and the reality really started kicking in more and more.”
Mike declined to comment on his current employment as it was a sensitive topic. He says he plays the lottery avidly because he enjoys it, and says he plays it “more than the average person.” He indulges in the lottery, but he is always responsible for how much he spends on tickets.
According to Mike, he keeps a separate fun just for tickets. In total, Mike can say that he has spent over $125,000 on the lottery, but has accumulated over $300,000 as a result.
“It’s pure entertainment for me,” he explained. “The days I’m not having luck, I still enjoy it. Life is great right now. It’s an unbelievable experience.”
This begs the question, then: What is Mike going to do with all of his winnings?
“I’m going to buy a new car and put a down payment on a house when the time is right because I’ve been renting for years and I’m tired of it,” said Mike. Well, there you have it.
When asked why he plays the Frenzy game, he says he plays it often because it offers him the best odds of winning $500 in any game. On the other hand, however, Mike is never thinking of winning the top prize whenever he plays.
So, you can imagine his surprise when he bought his most recent Frenzy 5 ticket and it ended up winning him a big prize as he scanned it at the self-scanner device.
“This message came up that something was wrong with the ticket,” Mike explained. “It was a claim. And I checked multiple times. I brought it over to Wawa and had it checked there, and it said that it was a claim-winner. Based on my knowledge, I know that this game only has one prize that’s a claim-winner, so it couldn’t be anything over than the $200,000 prize.”
For Mike, his decision to buy this ticket was nothing more than an intuitive feeling. He goes to many different lottery retailers to buy tickets. But for Mike, on this particular day, it seemed that luck would strike him in the same place for the second time. Mike combined his $40,000 winnings bought at Singin Oil auto-repair shop and this current win.
The owner of the Wine-O Land store received a $5000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Mike said he dreams of the day he gets lucky for a fourth time. He totally agrees with the New Jersey lotto slogan: “Anything can happen in Jersey”.
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