The lucky man, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his lucky ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 5995 Highland Road in Waterford.
“I scratched the ticket off in the store and immediately went into shock,” said the lucky winner. “I was sweating and shaking like crazy.
“When I got home, my wife told me that I looked funny and I could hardly tell her the good news.”
That night, the player went to bed with the ticket in his pocket, but couldn’t sleep.
“I laid in bed and closed my eyes, but I’ve never been more wide awake,” said the lucky winner. “I didn’t go to work for the next three days because I didn’t sleep at all.”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to collect his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to set up college funds for his children, take a family vacation, and invest the remainder.
Players have won more than $106.6 million playing $100,000,000 Diamonds, which debuted in Sept. 2014. Each $30 ticket gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $92.4 million in prizes remain, including: one $4 million top prize, 160 $4,000 prizes, and 3,593 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2015, Lottery players won more than $722.1 million playing instant games.