A Dickinson County man is $500,000 richer after asking a clerk at Econo Foods to “pick me a winner,” and winning big playing the Michigan Lottery’s Winter Winnings instant game.
The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Econo Foods, located at 1401 Odovero Drive in Marquette.
“I had a $5 bill in my pocket, and I asked the clerk to pick me a winner,” said the 73-year-old player. “I scratched the ticket off and got a Frosty the Snowman symbol to win $500,000! Frosty was very, very good to me!”
The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to share with family and then invest the remainder.
Players have won more than $13 million playing Winter Winnings, which launched in December 2019. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $2 million in prizes remain, including two $1,000 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.