A Kent County man who has been “dreaming of winning big” for years won an $8.75 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
The lucky 60-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the winning Lotto 47 numbers on Aug. 19: 07-16-18-27-39-40. He bought his winning ticket at Paris Spirits & Wine, located at 2871 East Paris Southeast in Kentwood.
“I have been playing the Lottery for years and dreaming of winning big,” said the player. “I checked the ticket Sunday morning and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw I matched all the numbers. I called for my wife and had her look the ticket over to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.
“Once my wife confirmed I’d won, she called for my son to have him triple check the ticket too. We were all stunned!”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $6 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to complete some home improvements and invest.
“Winning is life-changing, surreal, and amazing,” the player said.
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday 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.