The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Cypress Street EZ Mart, located at 313 First Street in Manistee.
“Every once in a while, I buy a $5 scratch off,” said the 26-year-old player. “I expect to win $5, maybe $10, but I never thought I’d win $500,000!”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new computer and then invest the remainder.
“I moved to Michigan a few years ago looking for a fresh start. Things have been going great, but this will really help me keep things going in a positive direction,” the player said.
Players have won more than $6 million playing Cash Club, which launched in August. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $27 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and 49 $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.