94-year-old veteran nearly tosses out winning lottery ticket, wins millions

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HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (WISH) — A fortune worth millions was nearly tossed in the trash in Oregon.

The close call happened to 94-year-old William Bowker, an Air Force veteran.

Bowker plays the lottery often, and his granddaughter recently checked his latest ticket.

She mistakenly thought it was a Mega Millions ticket, but it was a Megabucks ticket, so the numbers she checked were wrong.

Turns out Bowker had a lucky winner but he didn’t realize it until he decided to double check his numbers before throwing the ticket away.

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To his amazement, he hit on all the winning numbers and the jackpot was $6.5 million.

Bowker took home a hefty sum, after taxes, of $2.2 million.

He said at 94 he has what he needs, but he’s happy to be able to help his family.

CNN contributed to this report.