Laura Spears became an extremely lucky woman after she found a $3 million lottery prize in her email spam folder! The incredible discovery is still shocking to the Michigan woman who said that she’ll use the money to retire early and give some of it away to family members.

The amazing lottery surprise happened after Spears bought a Mega Millions ticket online. The Michigan woman said she saw a Facebook ad about the lottery and decided to take a chance and see if she could win anything.

“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,” said Spears. “A few days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I checked the spam folder in my email account.”

Laura Spears $3 Million lottery ticket
Michigan woman Laura Spears never expected to win the lottery, that was until she found a $3 million lottery ticket in her email’s spam folder! (Credit: Michigan Lottery Facebook)

Laura Spears, a resident of Oakland County, Mich, bought the ticket on December 31, 2021, and didn’t think anything of it until she checked her spam folder. Because Spears matched five winning numbers, she won $1 million, and with the megaplier that prize got increased to $3 million!

Despite the email saying that she won, Spears didn’t believe it. Thinking it was a fake email, she verified the prize with the lottery before celebrating.

“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 $3 million!” Laura Spears said after winning.

Laura Spears recently visited the Michigan lottery headquarters to collect her winnings and get her picture taken. The 55-year-old said that she is going to give some of the money to family members and then use the rest to retire early. She also joked that she’ll be adding the Michigan Lottery to her safe senders list just in case she wins again.

Another shocking lottery win happened in Kalamazoo County Mich. 58-year-old Bruce Wall thought he only won $8 on his Powerball lottery ticket, but in a huge surprise he actually won $500K.

“I saw that I had matched the Powerball of 11 in the regular drawing, so I figured I had an $8 winner since I added the Powerplay option to my ticket,” said the 58-year-old Wall. “When I scanned the ticket, I got a message that said I needed to file a claim.”

At first, Wall was confused, but then he remembered that he had added the double play on his lottery ticket, bringing his total up to $500K. The 58-year-old said that he is going to use the money to finally become debt free. Wall plans on investing some of his money and enjoying a more comfortable retirement.

“At first, I was confused, but then it hit me that I had added Double Play to my ticket.  When I checked those numbers and saw I had matched five, I started shaking and couldn’t stop! Winning means I am going to be debt free, and I couldn’t feel more grateful or blessed,” said Bruce Wall.

Despite the shocking winnings in Michigan, the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are still quite big. The Powerball currently sits at $82 million with the next drawing scheduled for Jan. 24. The Mega Millions jackpot is at $396 million with the next drawing scheduled for Jan. 25.