The player would wager a few bucks out of his wallet whenever he went to his favorite convenience store, where his Mother happens to work.
One day in late April the player, who wishes to remain anonymous, took his tickets in to be scanned…by his Mom. “Not a winner,” she kept saying, then she got to the last ticket, and screamed! The scream brought the store manager who researched the ticket and told the player that he had won the jackpot from the April 28 drawing. He didn’t believe it, and she had to keep telling him “you’re the winner!”
Once he understood that he had won more than $6 million, he “cried like a little girl,” he said. His mother adds, “he had also turned purple.”
The lucky Classic Lotto 47 winner plans to pay off student loans with his winnings, which totaled $6,319,677, and buy a house. He also plans to travel, he just doesn’t know where yet.
The winning ticket was sold at 7-Eleven 159H located at 1915 Euclid Ave. in Bay City.
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