FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina: Scotty Thomas of North Carolina accidentally won the "Lucky for Life" lottery twice on the same day, after forgetting he earlier bought an identical ticket.
When the numbers came up, he won the $25,000-per-year prize twice, reported Fox 10.
"I was just laying in bed watching a basketball game on TV and I could not 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,’" said Thomas.
With the two tickets, Thomas had several options. 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.
The lottery also said he could claim one ticket’s yearly prize and take the lump sum for the other ticket.
"When I realized I won, I had to lay down on the floor because I really just could not believe it. It is just a blessing," Thomas said, as quoted by Fox News.
Thomas decided to claim the lump sum for both tickets. After taxes, he will receive $551,851, which he will use to pay off some bills, invest in his business and buy a house.