The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Money Convenience, located at 3020 Richfield Road in Flint.
“I like to play new instant games, so I purchased a few of the $500 reloaded tickets that came out this month,” said the player. “I scratched the tickets when I got to my car and when I saw I’d won $500,000, I got a knot in my stomach and was really nervous. I had my friend look the ticket over to make sure I was seeing it right.”
The 46-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a car, start a business, and start college funds for his children.
“I don’t know what to feel or think yet,” the player said. ‘It still doesn’t seem real!”
Players have won more than $3 million playing $500 Reloaded, which launched in earlier this month. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $26 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top-prizes and 12,014 $500 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.