Beginners Luck: Kent County Man Wins $200,000 Playing Pure Gold Online Instant Game for the First Time

12.08.15 $200,000 Pure Gold Anonymous Kent CountyA 28-year-old Kent County man won $200,000 the first time he played the Michigan Lottery’s Pure Gold online instant game.

To celebrate the player’s beginner’s luck, the Lottery is offering all players $5 in free online play beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. To take advantage of this special offer, players should log in to their Michigan Lottery online account. If a player doesn’t have an online account, they may create one to take advantage of this special offer.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize on Friday. The player and his wife visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize.

“I received an email from the Lottery offering a deposit match, so I decided to give the games a try,” said the player. “I tried just about all of the games, but played Pure Gold the most because it was my favorite.

“I never expected to win a jackpot, I had some extra time and thought it would be fun to try the games. I had no idea I’d get the surprise of a lifetime!”

The lucky player was at home playing on his mobile phone when he won the big prize, and immediately called his wife to tell her the good news.

“When I called my wife to tell her I think I broke her brain,” said the player. “She was stunned and in disbelief.”

The shock quickly turned to excitement for the player and his wife when they began talking about how to spend the windfall.

“We’ve been on a pretty strict three-year plan to pay off all of our debt,” said the player. “Having this money will let us pay off all of our debt and start saving to buy a house.”

A video of the player’s winning ticket may be viewed at:

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $1 million instantly playing online. The Lottery offers players 28 different games ranging in price from 5 cents to $20. For more information or to play online, visit

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