A Kent County man wanted to make the most out of winning a $100,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hot Fortune instant game, so he waited nearly two months to claim the big prize.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 1148 28th Street Southwest in Wyoming.
“I was at the store with my dad and he bought a couple of Lottery tickets so I decided I would too,” said the 25-year-old player. “I had $20 in my wallet, so I decided to buy the Hot Fortune ticket.”
The player put the ticket away and waited to scratch it until he got home.
“When I scratched it off I was at my place all alone,” said the player. “I didn’t expect to win anything, and I really didn’t expect to win $100,000. It’s still really hard to believe!
“I scratched the ticket back in mid-October, but I didn’t want to cash it right away because I was afraid if I didn’t have a plan for the money I would end up buying something that I would regret.”
In the following weeks, the player put together a plan then visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his sister’s school bills and put some money away for his own education.
“It’s an unreal feeling holding a Lottery ticket worth $100,000. It also gave me a lot of relief because I know I can pay off some bills and live more comfortably,” the player said.
Players have won more than $11.7 million playing Hot Fortune, which launched in October. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $87 million in prizes remain, including three $2 million top prizes, five $100,000 prizes, 30 $5,000 prizes and 553 $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.