Bloke scooped £22k lottery win after using licence plate to pick winning numbers

A man has scooped up a lottery prize worth over £22,000 after picking the winning numbers off the back of a random licence plate.

Michael Jones, 52, was at home in Maryland, USA, watching sports on TV when he discovered he had won $25,000 (£22,380) on Saturday (October 8).

Jones, who works as an electrician, said: "When I saw that my numbers hit, I had to look at it two to three times just to make sure."

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The 52-year-old plays so many different combinations of numbers that he can't remember where he picked out the winning numbers of 84824, the Daily Mirror reports.

He explained: "I know it was someone's tag number, but I can't remember whose tag number. I might have shared some of the money with them if I could remember who it was."

The Maryland State Lottery said: "He was checking his Pick 5 tickets from the October 8 evening drawing when a 50-cent ticket delivered a shocking surprise.

"According to the lucky winner, he plays the Pick 4 and Pick 5 games twice a day and plays more than 200 number combinations.

"Michael explained that he places bets using license tag numbers from friends, family and co-workers, too. He even used the license tag number of a person that hit his car in an auto accident."

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The lucky winner plans to pay off some of his bills and share the money with his wife and two adult children.

Jones bought his winning ticket at US Fuel located at 6100 Moravia Park Drive in Baltimore.

For selling the lucky ticket, the petrol station and food market will receive a $250 (£224) bonus from the Lottery.


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