A Genesee County man said winning a $2 million prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fortune instant game is life-changing.
The lucky 56-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Beacon & Bridge Market, located at 3011 West Thompson Road in Fenton.
“I always purchase tickets from the same retailer, but I was too late to the store one night and they were closed, so I went to a different retailer to purchase a ticket,” said the player. “I wanted to try one of the new tickets, so I decided on the Fortune game.
“When I scratched the ticket and saw I’d won $2 million, I couldn’t believe it! I have been playing the Lottery for a long time, so it feels amazing to win big. Winning this prize is truly life-changing.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his home and help his family.
Players have won more than $16 million playing Fortune which launched in April. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $91 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes, 62 $5,000 prizes, and 167 $2,000 prizes.
In 2022, Lottery players won more than $1.7 billion playing instant games.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.