A Kent County woman had an unforgettable trip to the grocery store when she won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Holiday Magic instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 1997 East Beltline Avenue in Grand Rapids.
“I enjoy playing the holiday games every year when they come out,” said the 76-year-old player. “I decided to grab a few before I went grocery shopping and I scratched them off right away.
“When I saw what I’d won, I immediately thought: ‘There’s no way, this can’t be!’ I looked the ticket over a few more times to be sure what I was seeing was real. I had to do my grocery shopping after that, and I couldn’t help but check my purse every few minutes to make sure the ticket was still there.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her car and then save the remainder.
Players have won more than $10 million playing Holiday Magic which launched in October. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $9 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize and 5 $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.