What an Ionia County woman thought was a $100 prize, turned out to be a $300,000 Mystery Prize Cashword top prize.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at Cork and Bottle Liquor, located at 324 South Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.
“I usually play a Cashword ticket every day,” said the player. “I bought my daily ticket on the way home from work and scratched it when I got home. I thought I’d won $100, but I had my husband scan it on the Lottery app to be sure. When he told me it was a $300,000 winner, we were completely shocked!”
The lucky 68-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.
“It feels unbelievable to win a $300,000 prize. It still hasn’t sunk in,” the player said.
Players have won more than $30 million playing Mystery Prize Cashword, which launched in December 2020. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $41 million in prizes remain, including three $300,000 top-prizes and 177 $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.