The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the winning Lotto 47 numbers drawn Jan. 19: 07-12-19-30-43-47. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 3950 East 10 Mile Road in Warren.
“I purchase a Lotto 47 ticket every time I stop for gas,” said the 45-year-old player. “I was checking the numbers the day after the drawing when I realized I’d matched all of them. An overwhelming feeling came over me and I felt like I was dreaming.”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $992,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to start a college fund for his children and then save the remainder.
“It still feels like this is all a dream, I am truly blessed,” 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.