An Ottawa County man is looking forward to spoiling his wife and daughter after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cashword Times 20 instant game.
“I had been pretty lucky playing Club Keno and when I cashed my ticket, I decided to buy a few Cashwords,” said lucky winner, Adam Meloche. “The second one I scratched was the $1 million winner.”
Meloche, 33, bought his winning ticket at the Wesco gas station, located at 502 West Savidge Street in Spring Lake. Spring Lake is about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids.
“When I scratched the ticket off, I must have looked it over 100 times to make sure I was reading it right,” said Meloche. “I remembered to scan it with my phone and when it said I had won $1 million, I was shocked.
“I called everyone I could think of to share the good news, but no one was answering their phones! I was celebrating so loud; I woke my one-year-old daughter up from her nap!”
Meloche visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a new truck, take a golf trip, and spoil his wife and daughter.
“Winning is a huge relief but it gives me a lot to think about in terms of what to do with the money. I’m going to be smart with it, but I am also going to splurge a little on my wife and daughter. We’re going to take a trip to Chicago for a shopping spree soon!”
Players have won more than $34 million playing Cashword Times 20 which launched in Sept. 2022. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $1 million. More than $60 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, 55 $5,000 prizes, and 561 $1,000 prizes.
In 2022, Michigan Lottery players won $1.7 billion playing instant games.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.