A moment of hesitation turned out to be extremely profitable for a 94-year-old Air Force veteran who took a second glance at a lottery ticket before throwing it away only to find he won $6.5 million.
William Bowker, of Oregon, regularly plays the lotto and when his granddaughter came to visit him on Aug. 2, he had her check his lottery tickets.
When she looked at them, she accidentally compared the numbers from his Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket to the Mega Millions numbers and they didn’t think it amounted to anything.
The 94-year-old veteran was about to throw out the $5 ticket when he decided to go back and have another look at the numbers.
“I am glad I did. I immediately thought—BOOM! I won!” he said.
It turns out the line of numbers on the ticket included the winning numbers.
According to the press release, Bower opted to take the bulk sum payment, earning him $2.2 million after taxes.
The first thing Bowker did was call a family meeting right away to discuss his earnings, adding that he plans to share the prize money with his family.
“I have what I need, and I’m 94,” he said. “This is a wonderful way to help my family.”