An Ingham County man started off his week the best way possible when he came across an email from the Michigan Lottery notifying him of his $430,194 Fantasy 5 jackpot prize.
The player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Jan. 23 drawing to win the big prize: 05-10-18-20-23. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I usually buy a few Fantasy 5 tickets at the store and a few online,” said the player. “I checked my in-store tickets Sunday night and thought I didn’t win anything this drawing, forgetting about my online tickets.
“I was scrolling through my emails Monday morning while I was eating breakfast and saw a prize notification email from the Michigan Lottery. After reading the email, I knew it had to be a big prize. I logged in to my Lottery account to verify the prize and was stunned when I saw the amount pending. I woke my wife up right away to tell her what we’d won!”
The lucky 56-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to share with family, donate, and complete some home renovations.
“Winning is such a blessing! Whenever I log in to my account and see the amount pending, it doesn’t seem real. I don’t think it will hit me until I see the money in my bank account,” the player said.
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.