A Wayne County man was “doggone” excited after he won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hot Riches instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 29450 Sibley Road in Romulus.
“I bought a couple of tickets on my way home from work and scratched them as soon as I got in the door,” said the winner. “When I saw I had a $1 million winner, I couldn’t contain my excitement!
“I was home alone and started going crazy. That’s when my dogs started getting excited too. I was finally able to settle down and call the Lottery office to confirm I had a big winner in my hands.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters today to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prizes as one-time lump sum payment of about $635,000 rather than an annuity.
With his winnings, the player plans to save for his retirement.
“Winning is for sure exciting, but I don’t get excited about trips or a new house or anything like that,” said the player. “I’m most excited to know that when I’m done with work, I’ll be comfortable and I can get all the toys I want then.”
Players have won more than $24.5 million playing Hot Riches, which debuted in January 2015. Each $10 ticket gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $47.2 million in prizes remain, including: one $1 million top prize, 22 $50,000 prizes, and 949 $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.