The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, located at 2474 West Hill Road in Flint.
“I don’t play the Lottery very often, but I do like the Lucky 7’s Multiplier game,” said the player. “When I went in to pay for my gas, I had an extra $10 so I bought a ticket.
“I scratched it while I was pumping my gas, and I was in disbelief when I saw the ‘1MIL’ symbol on the ticket.”
After his tank was full, the player went back into the gas station to scan the ticket.
“I had the clerk take a look at the ticket just to make sure I wasn’t crazy,” said the player. “She scanned it and said: ‘You’ve got a big winner here, you need to go to Lansing!’”
The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000 rather than an annuity. With his winnings he plans to take his wife on a vacation and then invest the remainder.
“We’re common people, so this won’t really change us but it will make our retirement more comfortable,” the 76-year-old player said.
Players have won more than $23.6 million playing Lucky 7’s Multiplier, which launched in January. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $43.7 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, 16 $17,000 prizes, 78 $7,000 prizes, and 153 $1,777 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.