The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Lotto 47 number drawn June 3 – 04-24-27-29-30-36 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Summit Party Store, located at 32139 Plymouth Road in Livonia.
“I’ve been playing the Lottery religiously for about 25 years,” said the player. “I’ve won a little here and there, but never anything close to this.
“I stopped at the Summit Party Store on my way home from work and the clerk told me they’d sold a jackpot winner and I needed to check my tickets. I called my wife and told her to look the tickets over. All of a sudden, she just said ‘Oh my god!’”
As the shocked player drove home, he had trouble accepting the fact that he’d won $1.2 million.
“It’s just unbelievable to finally win such a huge prize after all these years,” said the player. “It’s truly shocking.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the jackpot. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $760,000 rather than an annuity. He plans to invest his winnings.
“Winning won’t change who we are, but it gives us some breathing room,” the player said.
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.