A Mackinac County man can’t wait to “share with family” after winning a $4.3 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Nov. 1: 16-20-23-32-37-45. He bought his winning ticket at the Kwik Mart, located at 330 East Main Street in Walkerville. This is the seventh time in 2017 a player has won the Lotto 47 jackpot.
“I was visiting family members down state and stopped to buy a Lotto 47 ticket,” said the player. “A few days later, I was having a burger and beer near my home when I noticed my wallet was full of tickets, so I started scanning them on the self-service machine.
“When I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket, I got a funny message so I set it aside thinking I’d check it again at the end of my tickets. When I checked it again, I got the same message, so I took it up to the bartender. She handed it back to me and told me I’d won big. I asked my stepdaughter to text the winning numbers from Nov.1 to me. When I saw I’d matched all six, I screamed: ‘Oh my god!’”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.8 million, rather than an annuity. He plans to share his winnings with his family, and may buy a newer truck.
“This is still all sinking in,” said the player. “I can’t wait to help my family out with this jackpot. When I see the look on each of their faces is when I think it will really set in that I’m a millionaire.”
“I’ve got six kids and several grandkids, so I’ll probably be half-broke by the time I’m done with them,” the player joked. “But it’ll be worth it!”
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.