LANSING, November 9, 1999 — A trip to the store for bread gave a Grandville man the opportunity to win $100,000 in Lottery dough — the top prize in the Michigan Lottery’s Cash 5 game!
The winner, who requested anonymity, and coincidentally works for the Butternut Bread Company in Grand Rapids, matched all five numbers drawn in the November 4 Cash 5 drawing — 1, 12, 21, 22 and 23. The winning Cash 5 "easy pick" ticket was purchased at Sunnybrook Junction, 4380 Kenowa Ave. SW, in Grandville.
"When I got home from work Thursday night my wife reminded me that I had forgotten to bring home hot dog buns," the Grandville man said. "I went back out to the store to pick them up and decided to buy some Cash 5 tickets as well. I usually play my own numbers, but to save time I bought four easy picks instead."
The winner was very surprised when he checked the numbers on his tickets the next day while traveling for work.
"I was on my way to Lansing and I called the Lottery Link hotline (800-822-8888) from my car," the winner said. "I almost went off the road when I heard my numbers on the recording! I very recently moved to Michigan from Indiana. I had played similar games when I lived there but had never won. As soon as I moved to Michigan, I won the Cash 5 game!"
The 41-year-old winner said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills, buy a new vehicle and help his children with college expenses.
"This is so nice and we are so excited," he said. "We have a nice life already, so this will give us some extra security."
Cash 5 drawings are conducted every Monday through Friday at 7:28 p.m. Players can win $100,000 for matching all five numbers; $350 for matching four of five numbers drawn; or $20 for matching three of five numbers drawn.
Tickets are available for Cash 5 and other Michigan Lottery on-line games at more than 6,400 Lottery retailers throughout the state.