The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 8350 Telegraph Road in Taylor.
“When I scratched the ticket off, my first thought was: ‘OK, what did I do wrong?’” said the player. “I skipped work that morning and waited for the Lottery office to open so I could call and see what was going on. Once I talked to the Lottery and confirmed the ticket was worth $1 million, I was stunned.
“Even sitting here, it all still seems so surreal,” the player said Monday when claiming her prize at Lottery headquarters.
The player choose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000 rather than an annuity. With her winnings, she plans to complete some home repairs, take a cruise to Alaska, and then invest the remainder.
“Winning has given me a better outlook on life. I feel more secure than I did yesterday and my future seems so much brighter,” the player said.
Players have won nearly $32 million playing Lucky 7’s Multiplier, which launched in January. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $35 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, 13 $17,000 prizes, 62 $7,000 prizes, and 120 $1,777 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.