Kent County Man Waits Months to Claim $100,000 Michigan Lottery Prize

12-05-16-hot-fortune-ig-779-100000-anonymous-kent-countyA Kent County man wanted to make the most out of winning a $100,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hot Fortune instant game, so he waited nearly two months to claim the big prize.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 1148 28th Street Southwest in Wyoming.

“I was at the store with my dad and he bought a couple of Lottery tickets so I decided I would too,” said the 25-year-old player. “I had $20 in my wallet, so I decided to buy the Hot Fortune ticket.”

The player put the ticket away and waited to scratch it until he got home.

“When I scratched it off I was at my place all alone,” said the player. “I didn’t expect to win anything, and I really didn’t expect to win $100,000. It’s still really hard to believe!

“I scratched the ticket back in mid-October, but I didn’t want to cash it right away because I was afraid if I didn’t have a plan for the money I would end up buying something that I would regret.”

In the following weeks, the player put together a plan then visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his sister’s school bills and put some money away for his own education.

“It’s an unreal feeling holding a Lottery ticket worth $100,000. It also gave me a lot of relief because I know I can pay off some bills and live more comfortably,” the player said.

Players have won more than $11.7 million playing Hot Fortune, which launched in October. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $87 million in prizes remain, including three $2 million top prizes, five $100,000 prizes, 30 $5,000 prizes and 553 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2015, Lottery players won more than $722.1 million playing instant games.

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Washtenaw County Man Wins $364,077 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

Fantasy 5 with EZMatchA Washtenaw County man couldn’t believe what he was reading after he won a $364,077 Fantasy 5 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery online.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the winning numbers drawn Friday – 07-19-23-28-34 – to win the big prize. He bought his ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I didn’t know I had won until I read an email from the Lottery the next morning that told me I needed to log in to my account to claim the prize,” said the player. “The email didn’t say how much I’d won, and when I logged in to my Lottery account and saw it was the jackpot I couldn’t believe it.

“My wife still can’t believe it. She says she feels like she is still dreaming and I can’t wait to show her my check so it feels real!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to buy his family a new home and take a trip out west to visit family.

Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $110,000.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players may also win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 30 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 445,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2015, Lottery players won nearly $128 million playing games online.

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Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $11.5 Million

Lotto 47 with EZMatchA Michigan Lottery player could have an unforgettable holiday season if they win Saturday’s $11.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

If a player wins Saturday’s Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won in 2016. In January, a lucky player won a $4.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot with a ticket bought in Custer. The Lotto 47 jackpot has been won eight times in 2016 with the jackpots totaling more than $14.1 million.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Michigan Lottery’s Online Free Play Offer Begins Today

The Michigan Lottery is celebrating a Saginaw County woman’s big online win with a special free play offer today.

Nichol Evans, 30, won $60,000 playing the Lottery’s Queen of Diamonds online game. The Lottery is celebrating by offering five free Queen of Diamonds games to all new online players who use the promo code QUEEN when they sign up for a new account. The special offer promo code will be available for a limited time at MichiganLottery.com. Players who already have an online Lottery account should log in to their account and click on the Queen of Diamonds game on Friday for five free games available to claim until 7 a.m. on Saturday. To participate in these special offers, players should visit http://bit.ly/2gPFobD.

“I was taking a break at work when I started playing the Queen of Diamonds game on my iPhone,” said Evans. “When I saw the message pop-up on the screen that I had won $60,000 I took a screenshot just to make sure I was reading everything right.”

Evans quickly ran to her boss’s office to share the good news.

“When I ran into my boss’s office he probably thought I was crazy, but when I showed him my phone he couldn’t believe I had won either,” said Evans. “Next, I called my husband and he already had the money spent as soon as I told him I had won.”

Evans recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her students loans and give her family a great Christmas.

bigwinnernichol_facebookfeatureimage“I enjoy playing online because it’s easy and fun,” said Evans. “This is the second big prize I’ve won playing Queen of Diamonds. Just about a month ago I won $20,000. I hope the game is around for a long time!”

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players may also win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 30 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 426,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2015, Lottery players won nearly $128 million playing games online.

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Eaton County Man Wins $300,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Hold ‘Em Poker Instant Game

11-30-16-holdem-poker-ig-774-300000-anonymous-eaton-countyIt took a lot of talking for an Eaton County man to convince his family that he had won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hold ‘Em Poker instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the M-50 Party Store, located at 4050 East Clinton Trail in Charlotte.

“Last week I thought I’d won $100 on an instant ticket, but it turned out I was reading it wrong,” said the player. “When I told people I won $300,000 they were pretty skeptical, but after showing them the ticket they couldn’t believe it.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay for his upcoming wedding, and make a big down payment on a house.

Players have won more than $8.4 million playing Hold ‘Em Poker, which launched in September. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $13 million in prizes remain, including two $300,000 prizes, and 67 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2015, Lottery players won more than $722.1 million playing instant games.

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