The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn Saturday night: 03-19-20-25-38. He bought his winning ticket at the Shamrock Party Store, located at 105 South Center Street in Saginaw.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve bought a Fantasy 5 ticket each week,” said the player. “My wife never plays the Lottery, but Saturday she asked me to stop and play five numbers for her, so I got her a ticket.
“I was walking out of the store with $4 in my hand and I thought ‘What the heck? Why not get four Fantasy 5 tickets?’ So I went back to the counter and bought four Easy Picks.”
That night, when the player saw the winning numbers displayed on his TV he knew he had won at least $100.
“I always play 19-20-25-38, so I was excited to have won $100,” said the player. “When I checked the extra tickets I bought and saw I matched all five numbers I sank into my chair, looked up to the sky and said ‘Thank you God!’”
The player and his wife visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his house, buy his wife a new car, take a trip to Hawaii, and then invest the remainder.
“The ticket I bought for my wife wasn’t a winner, but I told my wife to pick out whatever kind of car she wanted. Without her asking me to stop and buy her a ticket, I never would have won,” the player said.
Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $105,000.