The lucky couple, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize when her Super Raffle number – 280740 – was selected as the $4 million winner in the Oct. 3 drawing. They bought their winning ticket at The Silver House Liquor, located at 16661 25 Mile Road in Macomb.
“My husband and I were on our way home from a high school football game when we realized we forgot to buy our normal Mega Millions tickets,” said the winner. “We made a quick stop to get our tickets and asked the clerk if the Super Raffle tickets were still available. When he told us the drawing date had been extended, we mulled the decision over for a minute, and decided to buy a ticket.
“On Oct. 4, my husband realized the drawing had taken place a day earlier and checked our ticket. At first, he didn’t believe what he was seeing, so he called me at work and asked me to check it. When he read the number off to me, I checked it online at the Lottery’s website and that’s when the shock of winning hit us both.
“That night, we did a family Facetime call with our kids who are away at college to tell them the news. We told them that they don’t need to worry about working while they go to school and we’ll pay for their tuition.”
The lucky winners visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. They chose to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million, rather than annuity payments for the full amount.
“We look at this as a way to invest in our children and their future,” the winner said.
Lottery players should visit MichiganLottery.com to see if their Super Raffle number was drawn. Players also may scan their tickets using the Michigan Lottery app, or visit one of the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers to see if they are a winner.
Super Raffle featured the richest payout of any raffle game offered by the Lottery. It offered a top prize of $4 million and two $2 million prizes. Other prizes were: $100,000 (10), $500 (3,300), and $100 (12,000).
Super Raffle was the 26th different raffle themed game offered by the Lottery. Prizes on previous raffle games ranged from $40,000 tax-free to nearly $2.5 million.