A Midland County man who lost everything a year ago feels overwhelmed after winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $2,000,000 Lucky 7’s instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Anna’s Market, located at 1618 Jefferson Avenue in Midland.
“Last year, I lost everything in a flood, so to win this prize is so overwhelming to me,” said the player. “I never play $20 tickets, but when I stopped to pick up a couple things on my way to pick up my kids the Lucky 7’s ticket caught my eye. Seven is a lucky number for me, so I decided to take a chance and bought the ticket.
“I scratched it off when I got back to my car. When I saw I had a match, I thought: ‘Great, I won my money back!’ When I saw I had actually won $2 million, I couldn’t stop shaking. A few years back, I won $10,000 and I thought that was my once in a lifetime shot at winning the Lottery.”
The 29-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than annuity payments for $2 million. With his winnings he plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.
“Knowing my kids will be taken care of is the best feeling in the world,” the player said.
Players have won more than $92 million playing $2,000,000 Lucky 7’s, which launched in December 2019. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $105 million in prizes remain, including four $2 million top-prizes, 20 $10,000 prizes, 47 $5,000 prizes, and 575 $2,000 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.