Bloke accidentally buys two identical lottery tickets and hits jackpot on both

A fortunate bloke ended up netting more than half a million pounds after accidentally buying two lottery tickets and winning them both.

Scotty Thomas, 49, from Fayetteville in North Carolina, couldn’t remember filling in the form for the state’s Lucky for Life lottery, so he did it again.

But it turned out the jammy dump truck operator had already filled it in, meaning he had two tickets that both went on to scoop up the cash, reports CNN.

He said: "I was just laying in bed watching a basketball game on TV and I couldn't 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.'"

After the results came in, Scotty couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw he had won $25,000 each year for life with both his tickets in the November draw.

It’s the Lucky for Life's drawing second-biggest prize, only topped by a whopping $1,000 a day for life payout, the lottery says.

He added: “It's just a blessing. When I realized I won, I had to lay down on the floor because I really just couldn't believe it.”

Instead of taking the yearly payments, Scotty asked for a lump sum – totalling an eye-watering $780,000 (£590,000) for both tickets.

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He is using the money to invest in his business, pay off bills, help his family and consider buying a house.

It comes just weeks after a retired housekeeper became a triple success when she won the lottery for the third time in three years from the same shop.

The lucky lady, from Maryland, USA, scooped up $50,000 (£38,000) in a scratchcard jackpot lottery for the third time since 2018 and said she "couldn't believe" her luck.

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