“I stopped Monday morning and bought a few tickets while I was out running errands,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “All of the tickets I bought were small winners, so I stopped again at the Midtown Liquor Store in Bridgman to cash the tickets in and that’s where I got the lucky Cashword ticket.
“I scratched the ticket off when I got home and even after revealing six words, I didn’t realize it was a $300,000 winner. When I looked at the prize legend, I was flabbergasted.”
The 61-year-old player remained tight-lipped about her big win, not even sharing the news with her husband.
“My husband works very hard and every day he asks me: ‘Do I have to go to work today?’” said the player. “I’m going to surprise him when he gets home today and tell him he’ll be able to retire sooner now that I’ve won this big prize.”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim her big prize. In addition to helping her husband retire earlier than planned, she also plans to buy a new vehicle.
“I’ve been playing the Lottery since it started and I always felt like I was going to win. It just took me a long time to do it,” the player said.
Players have won more than $20 million playing Double Bonus Cashword, which launched in October 2016. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $6 million in prizes remain, including four $1,000 prizes, and 12 $2,000 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.