Man Unknowingly Travels to Vegas With Winning Ticket

Bay Area man didn't need to gamble in Vegas. He was already a big winner.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 5:07 PM PDT
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A South Bay man had a whirl-wind cross-country vacation over the holiday and although he didn't know it, the whole time he was carrying a winning lottery ticket worth $222K in his pocket.

State lottery officials said the man's name is "Michael K." 

He bought the MEGA Millions ticket at the Rotten Robbie on Saratoga Ave. in San Jose before taking off for New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.

He didn't check his numbers until a day or two after getting back home from his trip.  His ticket matched the numbers 45, 24, 52, 4 and 46, but he missed the Mega number of 1.

The lottery said the ticket was a bit wrinkled from the travel, but still worth the full $222,805.00.

We don't know if Michael K. did any gambling while in Vegas, but either way, he certainly arrived back home in the Bay Area a big winner.

The next MEGA Millions draw is on Friday and the jackpot is expected to be $25,000,000.
 

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