An Inkster woman fell to her knees when she got the call that she’d been selected as the winner of the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Giveaway.
“I got a call from the Lottery in early August telling me I had been selected as a finalist for the $1,000,000 Play if Again Giveaway, and the next 16 days seemed to take 16 years,” said winner, Fran Price. “We spent the $1 million all day, every day while we waited to find out if we won.”
The next call the 55-year-old Price received from the Lottery was life changing.
“When I saw the number on my cell phone, I knew I had won,” said Price. “I was at work and tried to stand up from my desk but my knees buckled and I fell to the floor. I couldn’t stop bawling while the woman from the Lottery told me the good news.
“I sent my husband a text that said ‘BINGO BABY’ to let him know our lives were going to change.”
Price and her husband, Dan, visited Lottery headquarters today to claim the big prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $735,000 rather than an annuity.
With her winnings, Price plans to pay off her house, buy a new car, take a trip in the spring, and then invest the rest.
“This came at the perfect time for us. We’ve had some financial trouble recently, and this gives us so much relief to know we can pay our bills and have some cushion that will help us for years to come,” said Price.
Players redeemed Players Club points for entries into the drawing. Each entry for the $1,000,000 Play It Again drawing required 10 Players Club points and about 1.2 million entries were submitted. There was no limit on the number of entries that each player could submit.
New for 2016, the Lottery is giving players a chance to win a $500 instantly in a daily giveaway. The new $500-A-Day-Giveaway replaces the Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play It Again giveaway. Each entry into the $500-A-Day-Giveaway will require 10 Players Club points. There is no limit on the number of entries players may have in each daily drawing. Players may enter and win the $500-A-Day-Giveaway multiple times.
Entries for each $500-A-Day-Giveaway drawing will be accepted from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily. A random drawing to determine the daily winner will be conducted after the entry period closes.
The Players Club is a free program that gives Lottery players the chance to accumulate points by entering codes from non-winning instant, pull tab, draw game tickets, and through online game play. Points may be redeemed for entries into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise, including Lottery free-play coupons.
Players may join the Players Club by visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.