A Genesee County woman is planning a vacation after winning $4 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $150,000,000 Payout instant game.
“I buy my tickets every day from the same store and decided to purchase the $150,000,000 Payout ticket after winning $2,000 on it a month ago,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous.
“I was scratching the ticket and when I saw the star, I knew I won something. I saw the ‘4MIL,’ underneath and at first I was confused until I realized it meant I won $4 million. I was in shock. All I could think was ‘What am I going to do and who am I going to tell?’”
She bought her winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 2333 South Center Road in Burton.
The 60-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million, rather than an annuity for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to go on vacation and then save the remainder.
“I’m still in shock, but I feel so happy to win this money,” she said.
Players have won more than $104 million playing $150,000,000 Payout, which launched in February 2018. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $67 million in prizes remain, including one $4 million top prize, 29 $10,000 prizes, 59 $5,000 prizes and 597 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.