Battle Creek retiree wins $300,000 instantly!

3.5.12 Golden 9s IG#487 $300K Garry Wetherill Battle Creek

Garry Wetherill of Battle Creek claims $300,000 on March 5, 2012 from Michigan Lottery’s Instant ticket Golden 9’s (IG #487).

Garry Wetherill almost went into shock when he scratched off the numbers on his Golden 9’s instant Lottery ticket. When his children showed concern about the look on his face, and asked him what was wrong, all he could answer was “nothing.”

Truly things weren’t wrong, but amazingly right as Wetherill looked at the ticket again to be sure he wasn’t seeing things. “I went back to the store and called the clerk over and   asked him if he was seeing what I was seeing,” said Wetherill. What they both saw was a $300,000 winning ticket. Wetherill then placed the ticket in a safe place and kept it there, not even taking it out to show his family. “I didn’t want anything to happen to it,” he stated.

Wetherill has picked out a pickup truck for himself and intends to buy a home with his winnings. “I’m also going to spoil my grandchildren,” he said with a smile.

The winning ticket was sold by Speedway #3572 located at 566 Columbia Ave. W in Battle Creek.

Over 95 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2011, the contribution to schools was over $727.3 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed over $16 billion to education in Michigan.

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