Monroe Woman Wins $100,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s $100 Grand Cashword Instant Game

Judith Bennett (right) and her daughter, Jessica, pose for a photo after Judith collected a $100,000 Lottery prize.

Judith Bennett (right) and her daughter, Jessica, pose for a photo after Judith collected a $100,000 Lottery prize.

The thrill of winning $30,000 turned into elation for a Monroe woman when she realized she’d actually won $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $100 Grand Cashword instant game.

Judith Bennett, 55, bought the winning ticket at the Oasis gas station, located at 15522 South Telegraph Road in Monroe.

“When I had scratched off six words, I started to get excited,” said Bennett. “When I revealed 10 words, I was stunned. I had to double check my ticket to make sure I won.

“At first, I thought I had won $30,000 because I thought I was playing a $2 ticket. It wasn’t until I rechecked my ticket later that I learned I won $100,000.”

Bennett's winning ticket.

Bennett’s winning ticket.

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to remodel her kitchen, visit her mother in Pennsylvania, and buy a nice used car.

“I play Cashword pretty religiously and it’s finally paid off in a big way,” Bennett said.

Players have won more than $11.6 million playing $100,000 Grand Cashword, which launched in March 2016. Each $3 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $100,000. More than $15.5 million in prizes remain, including five $100,000 top prizes and 134 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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