A Shiawassee County woman had to ask a gas station clerk if what she was seeing was real when she won $6 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $300,000,000 Diamond Riches instant game.
The lucky 56-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Clark gas station, located at 252 South Main Street in Lapeer.
“I have been playing the $300,000,000 Diamond Riches game since it came out,” said the player. “When I purchased the ticket, I scratched the barcode right away and scanned it. I got a message to file a claim, so I scratched the ticket to see what I’d won.
“When I revealed the ‘6MIL’ symbol, I was dumbfounded. I showed the clerk who sold me the ticket and asked if it was real. I don’t think it’s going to fully sink in until I see all the extra zeros in my bank account!”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $4.1 million, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to purchase a house and a car and then save the remainder.
“Winning is such a blessing and couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” the player said.
Players have won more than $311 million playing $300,000,000 Diamond Riches, which launched in July 2022. Each $50 ticket offered players a chance to win prizes ranging from $50 up to $6 million.
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.