The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday: 02-16-23-26-39-41. He bought the winning ticket at the Uptown Bar, located at 8 West Front Street in Monroe.
“I checked my tickets Monday during my trip to the grocery store,” said the 75-year-old player. “When I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket, I got a message to see the retailer. The clerk printed off the numbers and we both looked over my ticket. She told me I’d won the jackpot and my first reaction was: ‘I did?’
“When I got home, I kept writing ‘$2,500,000’ down on a piece of paper because I just couldn’t believe I’d won so much and I wanted to see what it felt like to write such a huge number.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.6 million, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to share with his family and take a vacation.
“I’m retired and live a comfortable life, but don’t have much money to spend on my family. This will allow me to help them tremendously,” the player said.
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. For an additional $1 per play, players may add Double Play to their ticket for a chance to win up to $1.5 million in the Lotto 47 Double Play drawing. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.