The lucky 26-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 30875 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. The player’s big win marks is the largest Fast Cash progressive jackpot ever won. The previous record was set by Mike Harbert, of Stockbridge, who won a $753,824 Fast Cash jackpot in August.
“I’d been watching the jackpot Sunday morning and told my dad I was going to win it when it got to $1 million,” said the player. “I left for work in the afternoon and bought four Fast Cash tickets on my way.
“When I got to work I checked my $5 Fast Cash tickets first and saw someone had hit the jackpot. I was bummed because I had checked the jackpot right before I bought my tickets and couldn’t believe someone won it. When I checked my Jackpot Slots tickets and saw I was the jackpot winner I was stunned.”
The player immediately called his dad to tell him the good news.
“When I answered the phone, I could tell by his voice something was off,” said the player’s dad. “I said: ‘You won the jackpot, didn’t you?’ I was so happy for him when he told me he was the winner.”
“I was in the parking lot at work and thought about calling in, but I decided to go in to work. It was pretty hard to walk in there knowing I’d just won $1 million,” said the player, who works at a local restaurant. “I asked my dad to come pick up the ticket so I didn’t have to carry it around or leave it in my car.”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a house, take a trip, and then invest the remainder.
“I still can’t believe it’s real. Winning this much money makes me feel so much more comfortable and secure,” the winner said.
Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $1 per play up to $10 per play, and feature popular game themes, including Cashword and Wild Time.
Fast Cash games also offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.
All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always will know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts again.
Available Fast Cash games are:
- Bowling Bucks – Each $1 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $1 up to $100 and 10 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
- Cashword Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
- Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
- 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
- Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.
Fast Cash games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.