Shiawassee County Man Wins $390,422 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents John Yager and his wife, Chris, with a check for $390,422.

Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents John Yager and his wife, Chris, with a check for $390,422.

A Shiawassee County woman thought her husband was having a heart attack after he won a $390,422 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

John Yager II, of Durand, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn Friday – 08-11-16-21-28 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located 8544 Lansing Road in Durand.

“I stopped on my way home from work Friday to grab a Mega Millions ticket, and just before I turned to leave the clerk asked if I wanted a Fantasy 5,” said Yager. “I bought a Fantasy 5 ticket and didn’t think about it again until I was at dinner later that night.

“We finished eating and my wife, Chris, told me to check my ticket on the Lucky Spot at the restaurant. I scanned it twice and got a message I’d never seen before so I decided to head home and check my ticket online.”

Yager checked his ticket online at and immediately called for his wife.

Yager's winning ticket.

Yager’s winning ticket.

“When Chris came into the room, I told her we’d hit $100,000 playing the Lottery,” said Yager. “When I looked a little closer, I saw that the jackpot amount had already reset so I click on the game’s payout page and saw we’d actually won $390,422.”

“When John told me what we’d really won, he was white as a ghost,” said Chris. “I was afraid he was going to have a heart attack or pass out right in front of me.”

Yager and his wife visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to take a small vacation and then invest the remainder in his retirement account.

“Winning is hard to describe. It’s a comfortable feeling to know I won’t have to worry as much about finances anymore,” Yager 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 $105,000.

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