The player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Dec. 23 drawing to win the big prize: 07-23-33-36-39. He bought his winning ticket at Hickory Ridge Market, located at 3255 West Highland Road in Highland. Highland is about 15 miles East of Howell.
“I have been playing the same Fantasy 5 numbers for about 10 years,” said the player. “Every night after the drawing, I check the numbers on the Lottery app. On the night I’d won, I checked the numbers as usual and I recognized them, but I decided to wait to scan my ticket until the next day because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I had actually won.
“I ended up waking up at 2:30 a.m. and couldn’t wait any longer, so I scanned my ticket on the app. When the scanner confirmed my $699,170 prize, I couldn’t believe it! I immediately started yelling for my wife to tell her the good news.”
The lucky 69-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to complete home renovations and purchase a new car.
Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m.