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Store mistake leads to NY man hitting $10M jackpot

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DEPEW, N.Y. (AP) - A convenience store clerk's mistake has paid off in a big way for a western New York man.

Fifty-three-year-old Jerry Kajfasz (KYE'-fahzh) of Lancaster won a $10 million jackpot from a $20 scratch-off ticket he purchased last month at a suburban Buffalo store.

He tells local media outlets he bought seven scratch-off tickets but the clerk nearly handed him an eighth one costing $20. Kajfasz caught the mistake and handed it back.

After winning a total of $25 from the tickets, he went back inside the store and used the winnings to buy the same $20 scratch-off ticket the clerk had almost given to him by mistake.

That Win for Life Spectacular ticket wound up being a winner with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $10 million.

Kajfasz has already quit his printing job.

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mach1052 February 26 2014 at 6:01 PM


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Hi Sandra February 26 2014 at 1:29 PM

I personally don't buy lottery tickets, but I am very happy for the guy that did win. Good for you Jerry and happy spending!

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bzzzbayte February 26 2014 at 1:27 PM


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toni82667 February 26 2014 at 1:25 PM

yes Gawd, I would have quit my job too..LOL

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Dean February 26 2014 at 1:12 PM

Lottery stories remind me of a Homer Simpson quote (paraphrasing here): "Why is it every time I try to win a million dollars, something always comes up to ruin it for me?"

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Jef February 26 2014 at 12:04 PM

Good for him. I love these type of lottery stories.

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callieeebg1718 February 26 2014 at 11:42 AM

Nice to see honesty has it rewards :)

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kysteve66 callieeebg1718 February 26 2014 at 1:19 PM

what honesty..i dont get it what story did you read

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donna February 26 2014 at 11:30 AM

Why can't things like that happen to me......mine always say try again......anyway.WTG.

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bluetimestwo February 26 2014 at 11:24 AM

I ALWAYS buy the mistakes, but I'm not that lucky. Best wishes to Jerry!

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dvshan6 February 26 2014 at 1:57 PM

They will find a way not to give him anything. Like the college student was denied the million dollars for hitting the half court shot in the basket ball chance.

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Kaplan Diamond dvshan6 February 26 2014 at 2:09 PM

The college student was denied $10,000 not 1 million... relax lol

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xraybrain dvshan6 February 26 2014 at 2:24 PM

LOL...it wasn't 1 million..........and besides who is going to take this guys money away? People win the lottery all the time and get to keep it

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