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TAURANGA, New Zealand — A New Zealand man who purchased a lottery ticket worth $1 million at a store said his reaction to letting a customer cut in line in front of him made all the difference.


The winner, who declined to be identified, told the New Zealand Herald that he was waiting in line at a Lotto shop when a customer cut in line in front of him. Instead of getting mad or calling the person out, the man let the rude customer go ahead, since he wasn’t in a hurry.

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The man didn’t realize until a couple of days later that he had won a $1 million jackpot. He said he will likely use the money to purchase a home for his family.

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While the man credited his win to karma, Lotto New Zealand said it would have made no difference which order the customers had purchased their tickets, because the numbers are generated at random.

A man let a rude customer cut in line for a lottery ticket, but thankfully karma was just around the corner AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
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