A Kent County man’s $328,439 winning Fantasy 5 ticket almost flew out the car window moments after finding out he’d won the jackpot.
The lucky 49-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the April 8 drawing to win the big prize: 12-15-20-24-39. He bought his winning ticket at the Beacon and Bridge Market, located at 7501 US 131 in Fife Lake. Fife Lake is about 15 miles southwest of Kalkaska.
“My wife and I were taking a trip up north and stopped at the store to get something to drink on our way,” said the player. “We saw the Fantasy 5 jackpot was over $300,000, so we bought a ticket.
“The next day, my wife checked the ticket on our way home and started screaming when she realized we had won the jackpot. I started sweating when she told me how much we’d won, so I rolled down the window and the ticket almost flew out the window! Thankfully my wife was able to grab it and tuck it away in a safe spot.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He plans to save his winnings.
“Winning is surreal and still hasn’t sunk in, so we haven’t made any plans for the money yet,” said the player. “We are hoping to save most of it so that we can retire a little earlier than we planned.”
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.