David Marsh, of Plainwell, matched the five white balls drawn April 16 – 09-11-26-33-38 – to win the big prize. Marsh is the 20th winner of a Lucky For Life lifetime prize in Michigan.
“I was just stunned when I checked my ticket,” said the 61-year-old Marsh. “I raised four kids on my own, and then took care of my aging parents, so I’ve never really had much for myself.
“I work third shift and bought my ticket on the way home from work. While I was at work, I called the Lottery hotline at about 2 a.m. to get the numbers. When I saw I matched five of them on my ticket, I called the hotline again to make sure I had written them down right.”
Marsh visited Lottery headquarters on Monday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000 rather than annual payments for $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.
“Winning this means I can relax a little, maybe work part time, and spend more time with my family,” Marsh said.
For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.