An Ionia County man is ready to be debt free after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game.
The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 2524 North M-52 in Webberville.
“I was having trouble with a tire going low on my car, so I stopped to fill it up and buy a sandwich and that’s when I got the ticket,” said the player. “I scratched the ticket in the car and got so excited I forgot to even eat the sandwich I bought.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, share with family, and then save the remainder.
Players have won more than $92 million playing Millionaire Maker, which launched in April 2019. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $40 up to $1 million. More than $6 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes and 11 $5,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.