A Kent County man started shaking when he found out he won half of a $626,394 Fantasy 5 jackpot – $313,197 – from the Michigan Lottery.
The 40-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the winning Fantasy 5 numbers on Oct. 6 – 04-07-13-28-33 – to win half of the $626,394 jackpot. He bought his winning ticket at the Kum & Go, located at 5437 Division Avenue South in Wyoming.
“I play Fantasy 5 regularly and check my tickets the morning after the drawing on the Michigan Lottery app,” said the player. “I scanned my ticket using the ticket scanner in the app and got a ‘Not a Winner’ message. I looked to see where the winning tickets were sold and saw one of them was sold at the store I buy my tickets from.
“I looked at the ticket again and realized I had scanned one from a few days ago, not the ticket for the drawing the night before. I scanned the correct ticket and started shaking when the prize amount of $313,197 came up on the screen. It was so exciting!”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to pay bills, help his family, and then save the remainder.
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.