Sometimes a minor inconvenience isn't such a bad thing.
Such was the case for a man in New York state, when a malfunctioning ATM ultimately led him to a $3 million payday.
Daniel Grinnell, a 50-year-old maintenance technician from Rochester, New York, is a regular lottery player. During a recent trip to the store he typically frequents to purchase scratch tickets, the ATM at that store wasn't working. So, he traveled to use the ATM at a nearby store and bought $40 worth of scratchers there.
After netting $27 with those tickets, Grinnell went back to his usual store and used his winnings to buy more tickets at a lottery vending machine. He then went to his car to scratch the tickets to see if had won another few bucks.
He had won more than a few this time.
“I was in disbelief. I checked the ticket about 100 times. I immediately signed it and put it away,” Grinnell said, per nylottery.ny.gov.
Grinnell won the top prize of $3 million -- and after taxes, he'll take home a lump sum of just under $1.6 million, which he said he'll use to buy a new home and take care of his son.
"I guess I have a new lucky number. I spent $27, the ticket number was 27 and the winning number was 27," Grinnell said.