It took a couple of hours for a Lincoln Park man to calm down after he won $4 million on the Michigan Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, couldn’t believe what he was seeing after scratching off his $30 World Class Millions ticket.
“I scratched the numbers on the ticket first, before revealing the prizes,” said the player. “When I saw I had a match, I figured that I had won my $30 back.
“As I scratched the prize off, I quickly realized it was more than $30. Once I saw the ‘4MIL’ symbol I could barely breathe and thought I was having a panic attack!”
The player was scratching his ticket on the counter at the store where he bought it, the River Drive Market, located at 455 Southfield in Lincoln Park.
“There were only a couple people in the store, and they kept staring at me because I was acting pretty funny,” said the player. “I handed the ticket to the clerk so he could scan it on his machine, and then he started screaming. Everyone was so excited to see a big winner like that. Thankfully, the clerk quickly told me to sign the ticket.”
Once the player got home, his girlfriend thought something was wrong.
“I tried to explain what was going on, but I was still so nervous it took a while to tell her the good news,” said the player. “Needless to say, we are both really excited about winning $4 million!”
When the player called the Lottery to schedule an appointment to collect his winnings, he nearly had another panic attack.
“They told me I would need to bring my driver’s license and Social Security card to claim the prize, but I didn’t have the card with me,” said the player. “I was recently in North Carolina and left my wallet at a buddy’s place there. I called my buddy and told him I’d pay him $1,000 to drive my Social Security card up. He was standing on my doorstep the next morning with the card.”
The player chose to take his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $2.5 million rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home and new car, donate to charity, set up college funds for a few family members, and invest the remainder.
“Winning still seems so surreal. It’s just too good to be true, like it’s not happening. I hope I don’t wake up and realize it was just a dream,” the player said.
Players have won more than $26 million playing World Class Millions, which launched in May. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $88 million in prizes remain, including two $4 million prizes, 153 $4,000 prizes, and 2,147 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.