LANSING, May 2, 2000 — D.N. Schulze of Pigeon said he had a "lucky feeling" the day he purchased a top prize-winning Michigan Lottery Big Game ticket! He matched the first five numbers in the April 21 Big Game drawing to win the $150,000 prize. That day’s winning numbers were: 14, 15, 34, 42, 44 and the Big Money Ball number was 8.
"I just felt lucky that afternoon and decided to buy a ticket," Schulze said. "In addition to the $150,000 prize, I won $1 for matching the gold ball on another ticket. I cashed the ticket in and kept the dollar for good luck in the future!"
Despite the lucky feeling, Schulze said he was very surprised to learn he had won a $150,000 prize.
"I picked up a winning number report from the store on the Monday after the drawing," the winner said. "I put it in my pocket at the store and checked the tickets when I got home. I looked at the ticket and couldn’t believe my eyes! I immediately put it down and took a walk. I came back and looked at it again. I just couldn’t believe it was true. What a huge surprise!"
When not traveling or listening to music, the Pigeon man said he enjoys playing Michigan Lottery games. He added that he has been playing Lottery games for the past 27 years and his favorites are Michigan Lotto, the instant games and, of course, The Big Game!
Schulze purchased the winning Big Game "easy pick" ticket at Village Qwik Stop, 29 N. Caseville Road, in Pigeon. Prior to turning the winning ticket in at Lottery headquarters in Lansing, Schulze kept it with him at all times to ensure its safety.
The lucky man said he plans to use his winnings to finance a business venture, pay bills and help pay his children’s college tuition.
The Big Game is a multistate lottery game in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Wagers cost $1 each and tickets may be purchased at more than 6,400 Michigan Lottery retailers statewide.
Big Game drawings are conducted every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.
The next Big Game drawing is Tuesday, May 2, with an expected jackpot of $150 million!