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Husband thought email was a scam — but he really did win big lottery prize in Michigan

A Michigan husband managed to turn a lottery loss into a big win — but he didn’t believe it at first.

Nicholas McCreary, 37, said he likes to play the $6,000,000 Jackpot game, and he always double-checks his tickets by scanning them on the Michigan Lottery app.

When he does that, the Grand Rapids man earns entries into second-chance drawings, according to a Sept. 19 news release from the Michigan Lottery.

His scanning paid off during the Sept. 13 drawing.

“I was going through my emails and saw I had one from the Michigan Lottery saying I’d won $100,000,” McCreary told lottery officials. “At first, I thought it was a scam email, but after looking it over a second time, I thought everything looked pretty legitimate.

“I called the Lottery, and that’s when I learned that I really had won!” he continued. “Winning threw me off, made me shaky, and gave me butterflies all at the same time!”

He claimed the $100,000 prize on Sept. 19, and now he plans to visit India, according to the release.

“My wife and I have been wanting to take a trip to see the Taj Mahal, so I am going to use my winnings to finally make it happen,” McCreary told lottery officials.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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