An Otsego County man topped off the luckiest day of his life by winning a $105,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
Greg Osantowski, of Gaylord, matched the winning Fantasy 5 numbers on Aug. 8 – 03-10-28-35-39 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at Upper Lakes Tire, located at 1260 West Main Street in Gaylord.
“I was feeling pretty lucky after winning $250 playing instant games, so when I went to cash those in, I bought a Fantasy 5 ticket,” said Osantowski. “The next morning, I sat down to check my tickets and like I always do, I covered the winning numbers and then revealed them one-by-one.
“After I matched three, I was pretty happy. Then, I matched the fourth and thought: ‘Wow! I really have a shot to win this thing!’ I slowly uncovered the fifth number and when I saw the three, my heart started jumping. When I saw I had matched the number 39, I about fell off the couch!”
Osantowksi, 60, recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to build a pole barn and then save the remainder.
“Winning is a real gift. We’d been trying to figure out how to pay for a new pole barn and then I won this prize. It really was the luckiest day of my life!” Osantowski said.
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.