A Clare County man who was forced to play a different lottery game because the tickets to his regular scratch-off were sold out reportedly won a $2-million jackpot.

The 60-year-old winner, who chose to remain anonymous, reportedly bagged a massive $2-million jackpot for the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky X100 instant game. The winner usually played the Ultimate Millions or $60,000,000 Cash Blowout game. However, because the store he frequented had sold out the tickets for his regular lottery games, he decided to try the new Lucky X100 scratch-off, MLive reported.

“I usually play the Ultimate Millions or $60,000,000 Cash Blowout game,” the winner said. “When I stopped at the gas station, I asked for those two tickets and they had sold out of them, so I decided to try the new Lucky X100 game."

“I scratched the ticket as soon as I got in my car and when I saw I’d won the $2-million prize, I was in total shock! I called my wife right away and told her I was on my way home with amazing news,” he added.

The winner reportedly bought his winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 6225 Eastman Avenue in Midland. He recently visited the state lottery headquarters and chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump-sum payment of $1.3 million after taxes.

When asked about what he plans to do with his winnings, he said that he intends to buy a new car, invest some money, and share the rest of the winnings with his family.

“I have won smaller amounts of a couple of hundred dollars in the past, but I always believed I would win a big prize one day. I can’t believe it finally happened,” said the winner.

In a similar but unrelated incident, two Mega Millions tickets sold in Indiana reportedly won prizes of $1 million each, WNDU reported.

The winning $1 million Mega Millions tickets were purchased at Golo Food Mart located on McKinley Avenue in Penn Township and at a Casey’s in Covington.

The tickets matched all five numbers except the Mega Ball on Tuesday, Feb. 8's $31-million jackpot drawing. The winning Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday were 1, 17, 20, 52, and 54, meanwhile, the Mega Ball was 2.

Mega Millions lottery players choose six digits from two separate pools of numbers: five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25. In order to win the jackpot, a player has to match all these six numbers with the digits that come up in the drawing.

The Mega Millions game costs $2 per ticket and is drawn twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.

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The Mega Millions Jackpot has risen to at least $75 million ahead of the drawing to be held on late Tuesday, Feb. 22. This is a representational image. UNSPLASH

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