Man Freaks Out after Winning Lottery 3x in 1 Day


You can’t win if you don’t play, and on Feb. 23, a Michigan tow truck driver decided it was a good day to play.

Making his regular stop at a gas station, the 42-year-old lottery-winning hopeful decided to purchase a scratch-off ticket.

Mark Maltz was at a BP gas station in Commerce Township, Michigan, fueling up a company truck.

He purchased the scratch-off ticket and won $10 dollars, his first of three wins that day.

Maltz decided to try to win a second time and purchased a Fast Cash ticket. He won $15 dollars, which prompted him to play again.

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Maltz took that $15 dollar win and made two more purchases — a $5 Fast Cash Black Jack ticket and a $10 Jackpot Slots Fast Cash ticket, according to the Michigan Lottery. What happened next made him wonder if he was having a heart attack.

In his hand was a winning ticket — a $325,184 Fast Cash Jackpot Slots progressive jackpot.


Maltz stood in disbelief, trying to let reality sink in that he had just won a nice chunk of change.

“When I saw I was a winner, I started freaking out,” Maltz told the Michigan Lottery. “I just kept thinking, ‘I can’t believe I just won!'”

On Feb. 27, Maltz visited the Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize and hold that gigantic check.

While some would be quick to immediately make some large purchases, Maltz is in no hurry to spend his cash.

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Maltz is decidedly against letting the excitement of a sudden windfall control him — he has decided to take a sober approach to managing his new wealth.

“I’m going to sit on this for a little while and decide how to best invest it and make it last me a long time,” Maltz explained.

Many have dreamt about winning the lottery someday, and Maltz said he was no different. “I’ve dreamed about winning and thought, ‘just let me win big one time,'” he admitted.

Now, the tow truck driver can check this dream off his bucket list. “It’s hard to believe it really happened,” Maltz grinned.

Congratulations to Mark Maltz, and we wish him all the best. How would you want to manage your lottery winnings?

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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