James Watson, 65, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 122 Phoenix Street in South Haven.
“I buy tickets $20 at a time and scratch them in the evening when I am relaxing,” said Watson. “I had a football game on and decided to scratch my tickets off. I wasn’t wearing my glasses, and I had what looked like a $5,000 winner. I was so excited; I called a buddy to tell him and he asked me to bring the ticket over so he could see it.
“The next morning, I left for my buddy’s place, and stopped at the BP to show them the ticket. The clerk scanned it and said: ‘James, you’ll have to go to Lansing for this one. It’s a $500,000 winner!’
“When she said that, I couldn’t catch my breath and almost fell backwards in the store!”
Watson recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy some property, a new vehicle, and then save the remainder.
Players have won more than $26 million playing Power 777 which launched in September 2020. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $4 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes, two $7,777 prizes, and five $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.