Washtenaw County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Tax Free $500,000 Instant Game

Winning a $500,000 prize turned a skeptical Washtenaw County woman into a Michigan Lottery believer.

“I honestly didn’t really think anyone ever won these huge prizes,” said the winner, who chose to remain anonymous. “I was always skeptical about the Lottery, but winning has changed my life and made me a believer!”

The lucky player won the big prize playing the Lottery’s Tax Free $500,000 instant game.

“My boyfriend and I were out and stopped to buy a few tickets,” said the 44-year-old player. “We had passed by a BP gas station I wanted to stop at, so I made him turn around so we could stop and buy our tickets there. For some reason, it just felt like we might end up being lucky if we played there.

“We scratched the tickets off in the car and cried tears of joy when we saw we had a $500,000 winner. Saying we were shocked would be an understatement. Ironically, the gas station we bought the ticket at is closed now.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new home, vehicle, and then save the remainder.

“Winning is a dream come true. It gives me and my family opportunity I never thought was possible,” the player said.

Players have won more than $18 million playing Tax Free $500,000, which launched in January 2018. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $25 million in prizes remain, including three $500,000 top prize and 25 $1,000 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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$250,000 Powerball Ticket Expires; Prize Goes to State School Aid Fund

A $250,000 Powerball ticket expired today and the prize went to the state School Aid Fund.

The ticket expired at 4:45 p.m. It was purchased at Cleary’s Pub, located at 117 East Grand River Avenue in Howell.

Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing.

It was the first major Michigan Lottery prize to go unclaimed this year.

The record for an unclaimed Lottery prize in Michigan is $34 million. It was set in 1998, when a winning Michigan Lotto game ticket, purchased at the Meijer located at 1350 West Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing, went unclaimed.

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Illinois Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword Instant Game

Amy and Stephen Lanigan.

An Illinois woman had an unforgettable trip to Michigan when she won $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword instant game.

Amy Lanigan, of Evergreen Park, won the big prize on a ticket she bought at the Speedway gas station, located at 635 East 16th Street in Holland. Evergreen Park is a suburb south of Chicago.

“My husband’s parents are selling some property in Harbor Springs, so we made an impromptu trip up north to clean it up,” said Lanigan, 38. “My husband bought me a couple tickets and I won a little bit, so on our way home we stopped to get more.

Winning ticket.

Winning ticket.

“As he was driving, I scratched the ticket and nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw how many words I had. I asked my 11-year-old daughter to count them and she confirmed I had won $500,000. My husband pulled off at the next exit so I could get the ticket checked. When the clerk scanned it and handed me the slip that said to go to the Lottery office, I screamed: ‘Oh my God!’”

Lanigan and her husband, Stephen, visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. With their big prize, the couple plans to pay off their home, buy a new car, set up a college fund for their daughter, and take a family vacation.

“Winning means we can finally pay off our house and be debt free. It’s an incredible weight off our shoulders,” Lanigan said.

Players have won more than $37 million playing Triple Bonus Cashword, which launched in November 2017. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000.

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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Only a Few Hours Left to Claim $250,000 Powerball Prize With Ticket from Howell Retailer

Only a few hours are left for someone to claim a $250,000 Powerball prize or it goes to the state School Aid Fund! The ticket expires at 4:45 p.m. today.

A lucky player matched four white balls and the Powerball – 07-24-33-49-50 PB: 4 – Jan. 10, 2018 to win $50,000. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied by five for a $250,000 prize. The player purchased the winning ticket at Cleary’s Pub, located at 117 East Grand River Avenue in Howell.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing.

Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. If the prize isn’t claimed before the ticket expires, the money will go to the state School Aid Fund.

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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Macomb County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cash Flurries Instant Game

A Macomb County man is closer to retiring after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cash Flurries instant game.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Harrison Pitstop, located at 30158 South River Road in Harrison Township.

“I was out running some errands and stopped to buy a couple instant tickets,” said the 58-year-old winner. “While I was in the store, my wife called and asked me to get home, so instead of scratching the whole ticket I just uncovered the bar code and scanned it.

“The machine said to file a claim with the Lottery, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I told the clerk and she scanned the ticket for me and told me it was a big winner. Everyone in the store was celebrating with me!

“I called my wife to tell her why I was taking so long, but she didn’t believe me until I got home and she was able to see the ticket for herself.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he’s going to pay off his home and save the remainder for his retirement.

“I’ve been thinking a lot of about retirement, and this is going to help that dream come true a little sooner for me,” the player said.

Players have won more than $4.1 million playing Cash Flurries, which launched in December. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $14 million in prizes remain, including one $500,000 top prize and seven $1,000 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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