A Manistee County man, who moved to Michigan looking for a “fresh start,” got a big boost in the right direction when he won $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cash Club instant game.
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.