A Bay County man took a chance on a game he doesn’t usually play and won a $300,000 top prize on the Michigan Lottery’s Bingo Blockbuster instant game.
The 46-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket at Southside Market, located at 1700 Cass Avenue in Bay City.
“I was at the store and bought two $30 tickets and won $100, so I used some of my winnings to purchase more tickets,” said the player. “I hardly ever play the Bingo games, but there was one left on the roll, so I decided to purchase it.
“I scratched the barcode and scanned it right away and got a message to file a claim. I scanned it a few more times and kept getting the same message, so I drove straight to the Lottery office in Saginaw to find out what I’d won. When the Lottery employee told me the ticket was a $300,000 winning ticket, I thought I had heard her wrong at first. It still doesn’t feel real as I’m sitting here claiming the prize!”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to complete some home renovations and then invest the remainder.
“Winning $300,000 is humbling and came at the perfect time,” the player said.
Players have won more than $15 million playing Bingo Blockbuster which launched in June. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $10 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, two $12,000 prizes, two $10,000 prizes, and 10 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.