In an astonishing twist of fate, Laura Spears, a 55-year-old nurse from Oakland County, found a life-changing $3 million lottery jackpot notification buried in her email’s spam folder. The Michigan Lottery, responsible for the Mega Millions ticket she purchased, inadvertently sent the winning announcement to a place most emails never return from.

I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my Lottery account to confirm the message in the email

Laura Spears

Spears, who bought the ticket on the Michigan Lottery’s website for a drawing dated December 31, 2021, admitted to forgetting to check the results on New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t until she went searching for a different missing email that she stumbled upon the staggering news. “I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” Spears recounted. To confirm the reality of her win, she logged into her Lottery account, a moment she describes as still surreal.

This near-miss experience has prompted Spears to add the Michigan Lottery to her safe senders list, jokingly noting it’s “just in case I ever get lucky enough to receive another email about a huge prize.” Her discovery not only signifies a major financial boost but also brings forward her retirement plans. She intends to share her newfound fortune with her family, offering them a slice of her unexpected windfall.

Spears’ win comes in the wake of a $108 million Mega Millions jackpot claimed by a family in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on October 22. As Spears plans her early retirement and family support, the Michigan Lottery announces a looming $376 million jackpot draw set for Tuesday. This story serves as a reminder to check all corners of our inboxes, as sometimes, the most unlikely places hold the keys to our dreams.

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