A 67-year-old woman from Lenawee County, Michigan won $1 million by participating in the Michigan Lottery’s $40 Million Cash Payout instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased her winning ticket at a Mobil gas station located at 1105 North Main Street in the city of Adrian.
“I picked a random instant ticket to buy while in the store, scratched off just the barcode and scanned it to see if I had won. The machine said to submit a prize claim so I scanned the ticket a few more times thinking the machine was broken. Since I kept getting the same message, I scratched off the ticket to see if I had won,” the woman said, according to the Click On Detroit portal.
“When I saw the $1 million dollar prize, I was having a hard time containing my excitement and didn’t want to make a scene, so I got in my car and drove home. I couldn’t sleep for days because I was so shocked and excited!”
The winner then visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive her money as a single lump sum payment that was about $693,000 (less taxes) rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. The woman plans to save her earnings.
Players have won more than $15 million dollars playing the $40 Million Cash Payout Scratch-Off game, which launched in May. Each $10 ticket offers entrants a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million.
More than $34 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes of $1 million, 17 prizes of $10,000 and 80 prizes of $2,000.
In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion dollars playing instant games.
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