December 26 (UPI)A man from Michigan stated that receiving a $100,000 prize in a second-chance lottery was a “pretty great early birthday gift.”
In order to be eligible for the second chance drawing, Safa Behnam, 45, of Sterling Heights, informed Michigan Lottery officials that he always takes sure to scan his non-winning 500X Money Maker tickets using the Michigan Lottery app.
On November 30, Behnam was declared the winner of the $100,000 500X Money Maker Second Chance award.
“I have been playing the 500X Money Maker game a lot, hoping to win one of the big $6 million prizes, and then scanning the non-winners for a second chance,” Behnam stated. “I assumed it was a hoax when I received an email from the lottery claiming I had won a $100,000 jackpot. I was startled to learn it was real when I called the lottery headquarters to make sure it was just a scam email.”
The athlete said that his victory arrived at a lucky moment.
“My birthday is in a few days, so winning is a pretty great early birthday gift,” he stated.
Behnam revealed that he plans to use his wealth to send his family on a vacation to Mexico.
“Winning means less stress and more vacations and relaxing for me and my family,” he stated.