An Oakland County woman feels like she has a “safety net” after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword instant game.
The 47-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 110 East Commerce Road in Commerce Township.
“I was in disbelief when I scratched the ticket off,” said the player. “All I could think was: ‘What am I supposed to do?’
“I was surprisingly calm. I started reading the back of the ticket, and then I called the Lottery’s Public Relations department.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to invest in her retirement.
“It feels great to win, this takes so much pressure off of my shoulders,” the player said.
Players have won more than $18.3 million playing Triple Bonus Cashword, which launched in December 2016. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000. More than $21 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and 11 $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.