A payday tradition led to a huge deposit for a Kent County man who won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Wild Time instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Ramblewood Liquor, located at 2771 44th Street in Wyoming.
“I get paid every two weeks, and every two weeks I buy a $20 instant ticket,” said the player. “I was on my way home from work, stopped for a few items, and grabbed a ticket.
“I scratched the ticket when I got home, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Me and my wife kept looking the ticket over and over until it finally started to sink in.”
The 29-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his 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 take a trip, share with family, and then invest the remainder.
“Winning means I can give my family a good life and that means everything to me,” the player said.
Players have won more than $51 million playing Millionaire Wild Time, which launched in September. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $1 million. More than $50 million in prizes remain, including one $1 million top-prize, 29 $10,000 prizes, and 420 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.