Winning a $1.15 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery is still sinking in for a Livingston County man.
The lucky 64-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the winning Lotto 47 numbers drawn Jan. 7 to win the jackpot: 02-09-20-22-24-39. He bought his winning ticket at the Kroger store, located at 9700 Chilson Commons Circle in Pinckney. Pinckney is about 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.
“I play Lotto 47 often and I always play my special sets of numbers made up of my kid’s birthdates,” said the player. “I was checking the winning numbers online the day after the drawing, and when I realized I’d won the jackpot, I couldn’t believe it! I called my kids right away to tell them the good news, and they didn’t believe it either. Winning still feels unreal and hasn’t sunk in quite yet.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $797,000 rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, share with his family, and then save the remainder.
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday 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.