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Movie featuring 'look-alike' actor inspires man's $500,000 lottery win

A Michigan man said a scene in a movie inspired him to buy the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $500,000 prize. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
A Michigan man said a scene in a movie inspired him to buy the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $500,000 prize. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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April 17 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said a scene in a movie starring his "look-alike" inspired him to buy the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $500,000 prize.

The 26-year-old Genesee County man told Michigan Lottery officials that life imitated art when he bought the Lucky No. 13 scratch-off ticket from the E-Z Stop Food Mart on North Saginaw Street in Flint.

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"I was watching a movie and the main character won big on a lottery ticket. The main character was my look-alike, so I took it as a sign to go buy a ticket," he said.

The man said he scratched the ticket off while hanging out with friends later in the day.

"When I saw I'd won $500,000, I couldn't believe my eyes! I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was real before sharing the news with my friends, so I went into the bathroom to look the ticket over again. Once I confirmed what I was seeing, I called my girlfriend to tell her the good news. I feel so blessed to win this amount of money," the winner said.

The winner said his prize money will go toward taking care of his kids and taking a vacation.

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