Planning ahead and a duplicate purchase led to an Oakland County man winning a $240,338 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, inadvertently bought two identical tickets for the Feb. 6 Fantasy 5 drawing. Each ticket matched the winning numbers drawn that night – 04-10-12-20-30 – giving the player two prizes of $120,169. He bought both of his winning tickets online at MichiganLottery.com.
“Every week I purchase a multi-draw Fantasy 5 ticket with the same set of numbers I have been playing for four years,” said the player. “I was going out of town, so I bought a muti-draw ticket to cover the drawings while I was gone. There was some overlap on the drawings of the new ticket I had purchased and the multi-draw ticket I had purchased a few days prior.
“I logged into my Lottery account after the drawing to check my tickets and I couldn’t believe it when I saw a $240,338 prize pending. When I realized that I had won on one of the drawings both tickets covered to win $120,169 on each, I couldn’t help but laugh!”
The 67-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He plans to use his winnings towards his son’s education and then save the remainder.
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.