The player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $1 million on a ticket he bought at the BP gas station, located at 36375 5 Mile Road in Livonia.
“I stopped to get gas and the pump didn’t print out a receipt so I grabbed a couple of $5 winning tickets and went inside the store,” said the player. “On my way in, my girlfriend told me not to buy any Lottery tickets, but I didn’t listen. I bought one 50X The Cash ticket and paid for it with my two $5 winners.”
After keeping the ticket concealed for the rest of the day, the man scratched off the ticket the next morning in the privacy of his bathroom.
“I scratched the ticket in the bathroom and thought I was having a heart attack when I saw it was a $1 million winner,” said the player. “I showed the ticket to my parents and neither of them believed me. We immediately went to the computer to look the game up online and read the instructions again. That’s when it finally started to sink in that I had won big.
“I play the Lottery pretty regularly and win a little here and there, but never thought I’d win $1 million!”
After signing the ticket, the player put the winning ticket in a box next to his bed until he could make the trip to Lansing to collect his prize on Wednesday.
The player chose to receive his prize in a one-time lump sum payment of $634,517, rather than a 30-year annuity. With his winnings, he plans to take a European vacation and then invest the remainder.
“We’ve always wanted to go to Scotland, and this will give us the opportunity to do that,” said the player. “Maybe next time my girlfriend won’t be as skeptical when I’m feeling lucky and want to buy a Lottery ticket.”
Each 50X The Cash ticket gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. About $48.8 million in prizes remain for the game, including two of the game’s $1 million top prizes, eight $250,000 prizes, 242 $10,000 prizes, and 2,412 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant game tickets may be purchased at retailers around the state.