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Junk email leads to millionaire payout!

Published: Feb 2022

The junk folder in any email inbox is often full of messages promising untold riches that are usually too good to be true. But for one American woman, it revealed a fortune!

Close up of junk mail mailbox

Unbeknown to Laura Spears, an email notifying her that she had won a lottery prize of US$3m (£2.5m) had gone into her junk folder.

Ms Spears, from Oakland County in Michigan – bought a Mega Millions ticket on the Michigan Lottery website for a draw that was held on 31st December last year. She matched five numbers to win US$1m (£740,000) and her prize was multiplied by three because she had paid for a “Megaplier”.

She explained: “I saw an ad on Facebook that the Mega Millions jackpot was getting pretty high, so I got on my account and bought a ticket. A couple of days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I decided to check the junk folder in my email account.”

“That’s when I saw an email from the lottery saying I had won a prize. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my lottery account to confirm the message in the email. It’s all still so shocking to me that I really won US$3m!”

Ms Spears recently claimed her winnings at the lottery headquarters and says she plans to share the money with her family and retire early. She says she will make sure to check her junk folder more often as a result.

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