A Niles man is looking forward to being “out of debt” after winning a $208,225 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
Stanley Bolle, 59, was one of two players who matched the numbers drawn on June 20 – 05-12-16-27-37 – to split a $416,450. He bought his winning ticket at the Phillips 66 gas station, located at 2326 South 11th Street in Niles.
“I stop twice a week to buy Lottery tickets on my way home from work, and I happened to stop last Tuesday,” said Bolle. “I get up pretty early for work, so I checked my ticket online right before bed around 8 p.m. that night. When I saw I had three numbers I got pretty excited. When I saw I matched all five I could barely move.”
After seeing he’d won a Fantasy 5 jackpot, Bolle went to share the good news with his wife of 39 years, Rita.
“When Stanley came to tell me he’d won I kept thinking: ‘Why is he getting so excited over a few bucks?’” said Rita Bolle. “When I saw how much he’d really won I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy!”
The Bolles visited Lottery headquarters Monday to collect the jackpot. With his winnings, Bolle plans to pay bills, complete some home repairs, and take his wife on a trip.
“I’m really looking forward to being out of debt, but my wife and I never had a real honeymoon so I can’t wait to take her on a trip,” Bolle 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 $126,000.