A Muskegon County man thought there was an issue with his online Lottery account when he logged in and saw a $751,265 Fantasy 5 jackpot prize pending.
William Chamberlain Jr., of Montague, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Aug. 12 drawing to win the big prize: 01-06-26-28-29. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I saw the Fantasy 5 jackpot was growing and I had $21 in my Lottery account, so I bought three $5 tickets,” said Chamberlain Jr. “I logged in to my account the next day and saw a message about claiming my prize. When I saw that my account balance was $751,265, I thought there was an issue with my account.
“I told my wife that something had to be going on with my account because of the balance it was showing. When I called the Lottery office Monday, I started shaking when they confirmed that I had won the jackpot.”
Chamberlain Jr., 78, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.
“I haven’t stopped shaking or been able to sleep since I won, it still doesn’t seem real,” said Chamberlain Jr.
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 MichiganLottery.com until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.