An Ingham County woman got the shock of her life when she scratched off her Money Money Money instant game ticket and found she had won $2 million.
“I was on my way home from work Thursday morning, and stopped to grab a few tickets,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I bought three Money Money Money tickets and scratched them off at the store.
“I won $20 on the first ticket, $100 on the second, and $2 million on the third. I was so stunned. I gave the $120 to the store clerks and went home to tell my boyfriend the good news. I ran inside our house and yelled: ‘We’re millionaires!’ He jumped out of bed and his face dropped as soon as he saw my ticket.”
The player bought her winning ticket at Holt Fine Wine and Spirits, located at 2102 Aurelius Road in Holt. This is the second time in three weeks a big winner has been bought at the store. On Oct. 20, Brian Tackett, of Lansing, matched the five white balls playing Powerball to win a $1 million prize. Holt is about 10 miles south of Lansing.
The 27-year-old winner visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. She chose to receive annual payments of about $67,000 for the next 30 years rather than a one-time payment of about $1.3 million. With her winnings, the player plans to pay bills, invest in her small business, and then save the remainder.
“This is all just craziness! I was thrilled when I won $120, I never expected I’d win this much, but I couldn’t be more grateful,” the player said.
Players have won more than $33 million playing Money Money Money, which launched in June. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $66 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes, 10 $20,000 prizes, and 356 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.