An Ottawa County man plans to “be out of debt very quickly” after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Poker Multiplier instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 550 Baldwin Street in Jenison.
“I was on a break at work and stopped in the Meijer for a coffee,” said the 78-year-old player. “I was sitting in Starbucks scratching the ticket off and saw a ‘300000’ symbol. I called a friend of mine over to double check the ticket and he confirmed it looked like a winner.
“Still in disbelief, I walked to the ticket checker to scan my ticket. When the scanner told me to contact the Lottery, I knew I really had a winner!”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, buy a new car, and take a trip to Europe with his wife.
“I just kept thinking to myself after I scratched the ticket off: ‘I’m going to be out of debt really quickly,’” said the player.
Players have won more than $12 million playing Poker Multiplier, which launched in August. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $9 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize and 32 $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.