The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 3757 Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids.
“I was at Meijer when I realized I had a $5 bill in my wallet,” said the 37-year-old player. “I rarely have cash on me, and it was around Christmas time, so I decided to buy myself a ticket from the self-serve machine.
“I scratched the ticket off when I got out to my car and I couldn’t believe my eyes! All I could say was: ‘Oh my gosh!’”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home and then invest the remainder.
Players have won more than $3 million playing Hit $500,000 which launched in December. 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 27 $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.