The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at The Corner Depot, located at 999 Long Rapids Road in Alpena.
“I was looking for a different $10 instant game, but the store was out,” said the player. “I saw the Emerald 10’s ticket and decided to give it a try.
“I scratched the ticket, and thought I won $1,000 and set it aside. I started scratching the second ticket I bought, and all the zeros caught my eye. When I focused in on the prize amount, I couldn’t believe it.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently 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 complete some home repairs and then invest the remainder.
Players have won more than $35 million playing Emerald 10’s, which launched in October 2019. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $10 million in prizes remain, including one top prize of $1 million, 12 $10,000 prizes, and 32 $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.