19-Year-Old Ionia County Man Wins $100,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Bonus Ball Bingo Instant Game

Gabe Smith poses for a photo with his mom after collecting his $100,000 Bonus Ball Bingo prize.

Gabe Smith poses for a photo with his mom after collecting his $100,000 Bonus Ball Bingo prize.

An Ionia County man plans to pay off his mother’s house after winning $100,000 on a Bonus Ball Bingo instant game ticket that she gave him.

Gabe Smith, of Pewamo, won the big prize on a Bonus Ball Bingo instant game ticket he received from his mother. She bought the lucky ticket at the Muir Mini Mart, located at 296 Maple Street in Muir.

Smith scratched the ticket off and, thinking it was a non-winning ticket, tried to enter the ticket’s code into his Players Club account. When he received a message that said the code was invalid he contacted the Lottery for assistance.

Gabe Smith's winning ticket.

Gabe Smith’s winning ticket.

After the Lottery’s Public Relations division did some research on his Bonus Ball Bingo ticket, Smith received life changing news: He had won one of the game’s $100,000 prizes.

Smith visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his mother’s house, buy a new computer, and then save the remainder.

Bonus Ball Bingo is the newest bingo-themed instant game offered by the Lottery. Players have won more than $1.2 million playing Bonus Ball Bingo which launched on March 1. Each $3 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $100,000. More than $8.6 million in prizes remain, including two $100,000 prizes, and 79 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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