The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, revealed a “star” symbol on his ticket above “1MIL” to win the big prize automatically. He bought his winning ticket at the Pine Lake Market, located at 3391 Orchard Lake Road in Keego Harbor.
After learning he was a $1 million winner, the player continued scratching his other Lottery tickets. The fact he was a millionaire didn’t sink in until after he finished scratching his other tickets.
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $634,517 rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new car and then save the remainder.
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