A second look saved a Grand Rapids man from throwing a The Big Spin ticket worth $1 million in the trash.
“I was eating dinner with my family and went to use the restroom,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “The ticket machine caught my eye on the way back to the table, so I got a couple tickets.
“We were wrapping up, so I scratched them pretty fast and thought they were all losers and tossed them to the side. Something told me to look at them again and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a $1 million winner.”
The player bought his winning ticket at Tommy Brann’s Steakhouse, located at 4157 South Division Street in Wyoming.
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 buy a new home and help his father start a business he’s always dreamed of.
Players have won more than $31 million playing The Big Spin, which launched in July 2019. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $44 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes of $1 million, three $10,000 prizes, and 88 $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.