A Macomb County man laughed for hours after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Premiere Play instant game.
The lucky 34-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 17750 Frazho Road in Roseville. Roseville is about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.
“I was out with my brother and bought two Premiere Play tickets when we stopped at the store,” said the player. “I won $20 on the first ticket and then jokingly asked my brother if he wanted to buy the second ticket from me since I had already won my money back.
“When I scratched the second ticket and saw I had won $1 million, it was an unbelievable feeling. Me and my brother laughed for hours because we were in such shock.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $693,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to play bills and then invest the remainder for retirement.
Players have won more than $13 million playing Premiere Play which launched in March. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $42 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, and 86 $2,000 prizes.
In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games.