The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 85 South Groesbeck Highway in Mount Clemens.
“I buy tickets of new games when they come out,” said the 56-year-old player. “I won $15 on a few Full of $500s tickets, so I decided to purchase two more with my winnings. I scratched the ticket while I was pumping gas and revealed the winning symbol. When I saw the prize amount was $500,000, I couldn’t believe it. I texted my wife and said: ‘Grandkids are coming over this weekend. P.S. I just bought a Lottery ticket and won big!’”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, invest, and save for retirement.
“Winning this prize will bring me and my family financial comfort,” the player said.
Players have won more than $4 million playing Full of $500s, which launched in February. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $25 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top-prizes and 11,594 $500 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.