Huron County Man Wins $145,778 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Lawrence TalaskiA Huron County man was in disbelief when he found out he was the winner of a $145,778 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

Lawrence Talaski, of Bad Axe, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the July 5 drawing to win the big prize: 09-18-20-22-34. He bought his winning ticket at Rick’s & Nick’s Party Store, located at 20 Thompson Road in Bad Axe. Bad Axe is about 50 miles northeast of Bay City.

“I play Fantasy 5 a few times a week and I always purchase my tickets from the same store,” said Talaski. “The morning after the drawing, I got on the Lottery app to check the winning numbers. I saw the jackpot had gone back down to $100,000 and thought to myself: ‘Shoot someone won it!’

Winning Ticket“I scanned my ticket on the app to see if I’d won anything. When confetti came up on the screen with the jackpot amount, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that I was the big winner!”

Talaski, 71, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, complete some home improvements, and donate to a few organizations.

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. Tickets may be purchased at a retailer or online at until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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