Jackson County Man Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Wild Time Instant Game

A Jackson County man’s wife thought she was hallucinating after he told her he’d won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Wild Time instant game.

“I like playing Wild Time because it’s simple,” said the 58-year-old winner. “I bought by tickets late last week and scratched them at home. After I scratched the $300,000 winner, I handed it to my wife.”

“I looked the ticket over, and started hallucinating,” said the player’s wife. “I handed it back to him and said: ‘You’d better look at that again, you’ve got a big winner!”

The player bought the winning 25th Anniversary Wild Time ticket at Cindy’s 128 Marathon and Deli, located at 12250 West Michigan Avenue in Parma.

“I stayed pretty calm after winning,” said the player. “I remember thinking: ‘It’s about time!’”

The lucky player and his wife visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. With their winnings, they plan to pay bills and save the remainder for retirement.

“I’m only a few years from retiring, and knowing I have something in the bank takes a lot of pressure off,” the player said.

Players have won more than $40 million playing 25th Anniversary Wild Time, which launched in December 2017. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $20 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prizes, eight $25,000 prizes, and 19 $2,500 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.

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Genesee County Man Wins $500,000 Club Keno Prize from the Michigan Lottery

A Genesee County man is planning to invest in his small business after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Club Keno game.

The lucky 52-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $100,000 when his Club Keno numbers – 04-16-19-37-39-57-60-66 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1650209 on Nov. 28. Thanks to a 5X Kicker, the player’s prize was multiplied to $500,000. He bought the winning ticket at Captain Joe’s, located at 9901 North Main Street in Whitmore Lake.

“I checked my ticket later in the evening after I bought it and saw I won $500,000,” said the player. “I was pretty shocked!

“Winning this comes at a great time. I just completed some home renovations and now I can make sure they are paid off early. I’ll invest the rest in my small business.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize.

One of the Lottery’s most popular games, Club Keno gives players 37 different ways to play and win. Players select up to 10 numbers to match from one to 80, with prize amounts determined based on the amount the player wagered. Club Keno may be played at Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings are every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.

In 2017, Lottery players won about $423 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Marquette Woman Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize

A Marquette woman is looking forward to an earlier retirement after winning $100,000 playing Powerball.

Gail Zorza, 62, matched four white balls and the Powerball – 10-11-47-55-58 PB: 26 – Saturday to win $50,000. Thanks to the Powerplay, her prize was multiplied by two for a $100,000 prize She bought her winning ticket at Cal’s Party Store, located at 123 Genesee Street in Marquette.

“My husband and I have a set of numbers we play for each drawing,” said Zorza. “My husband saw the numbers after the drawing and then went to check them at the store. When he called to tell me the ticket was a winner I had a hard time believing him.

“I’m going to get my husband a new truck and then save the rest for my retirement. I have been slowly cutting my hours back, and now I will be able to stop working even sooner!”

Zorza visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim her big prize.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players to practice responsible giving this holiday season when using Lottery tickets as gifts.

All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes tickets for games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky For Life, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays. For more information about the Lottery’s responsible giving campaign, visit: www.milotteryconnect.com/holiday-responsible-giving.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people, and it is best to avoid gaming activities when stressed. The Lottery reminds players: knowing your limits is always the best bet. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline is available to provide free, one-on-one support for players who may have a problem. For confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, players may call 800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

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Detroit Man Wins $317,074 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

A Detroit man says it feels “strange” to win a $317,074 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

“I’ve been surprisingly calm since winning,” said the 67-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “Winning is such a strange feeling. It’s hard to fathom that I’m about to be debt free.”

The lucky player matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Saturday – 01-05-19-25-38 – to win the jackpot. He bought his winning ticket at Liquor Express, located at 7420 West 7 Mile Road in Detroit.

“Each day I buy my Fantasy 5 ticket at Liquor Express and watch the drawing every night,” said the player. “When I walked in the store the next day, they all started congratulating me because they knew I had won big.

“I haven’t slept much at all since winning. My mind has been racing thinking about what I am going to do with the money.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, help his son pay for school, and put the remainder in his retirement account.

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. 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. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $110,000.

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