Michael Sopejstal's winning Lucky for lottery ticket. (Credit: Michigan Lottery)

(CNN) -- Michael Sopejstal, who lives in Illinois, said he drives from Indiana to Michigan every few weeks to eat at his favorite restaurant. He also makes sure to buy a Lucky for Life ticket for 10 or 20 drawings, according to the Michigan Lottery.

On Sept. 17, a GoLo gas station salesman made a mistake by accidentally printing a ticket with 10 lines for a single draw, Sopejstal told the Lottery. Sopejstal told the retailer that, despite the mistake, he wanted the ticket.

"I checked my ticket one morning and saw that I had won $25,000 a year for life," he told Lottery officials. "I immediately started thinking about all the things I could do with the money and whether I wanted to choose the lump sum or annuity option. It was an amazing feeling!"

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The 60-year-old recently visited the Lottery's headquarters to claim his prize, according to the Lottery. He chose the lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than $25,000 over 20 years or for life, whichever is greater, the Lottery said.

Sopejstal told the Lottery he plans to use the prize money to travel and save the rest.


Lucky for Life is played in about two dozen U.S. states, including Washington, D.C. and Washington. Prizes range from $3 to a top prize of $1,000 per day for life.

The overall odds of winning for each game are posted on the game's website. The odds of Sopejstal winning five white balls on Sept. 17 were 1 in more than 1.8 million.

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