“We’ve been playing together for years, but you never expect to win like this,” said the club’s representative who chose to remain anonymous. “I scratched off the ticket and thought it was fake.
“I called the other club member to tell him we might have a big winner and he was on my doorstep just a few minutes later to look over the ticket.”
“I was finishing up grocery shopping when I got the call,” said the club’s second member. “I tossed the groceries in the back of my car and got to his house as quick as I could. The whole way there, I could hear the groceries rolling around in the back of my car.
“When I saw the ticket, all I could think was: ‘Holy cow!’ It was so overwhelming to win millions!”
The club bought the winning ticket at Tony’s Country Store of Lambertville, located at 8503 Secor Road in Lambertville.
The lucky players visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. They chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. Both players plan to share their good fortune with their families.
“We’re both retired, and this makes things so much easier for us. No more stressing about little things like how we’ll pay a utility bill,” the club representative said.
Players have won more than $120 million playing Max Money, which launched in June 2016. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $28 million in prizes remain, including four $20,000 prizes, 109 $6,000 prizes, and 452 $1,000 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.