A Wayne County man won a Michigan Lottery scratch off prize so big recently, he didn’t quite believe it.
But the $4 million prize wasn’t a figment of his imagination.
Extreme Ca$h instant game offers big winnings
The 59-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased his Extreme Ca$h instant ticket for $30 at the Marathon gas station located at 8350 Telegraph Road in Taylor.
After coming to the realization his prize was indeed real, he went to Lottery headquarters to claim it. He chose a one-time lump sum of about $2.7 million rather than the 30-payment option for the full amount.
“I stopped at the gas station to cash in a few winning tickets and decided to use my winning towards two of the new Extreme Ca$h tickets,” he said in a release. “I started scratching the tickets when I got in my car and couldn’t believe it when I saw I’d won $4 million. I started shaking and sat there staring at the ticket in disbelief for about 15 minutes. I drove to my wife’s work right away to surprise her. When she came out to my car and looked the ticket over, she couldn’t believe it either! She insisted we take it to a retailer to confirm it was real.”
He said he plans to use his winnings to take a family vacation somewhere warm, then save the rest.
The $30 Extreme Ca$h tickets launched in March, and offers prizes from $50 to $4 million. The Lottery says more than $156 million in prizes remain on the tickets, including two $4 million prizes, 21 $10,000 prizes and more than 1,000 $2,000 prizes. More than $9 million has already been won.
Lottery instant games are available for purchase at the 10,500 retailers located across the state. More than $1.8 billion was won on instant games in 2021.
Michigan Lottery winners piling up
The announcement of the $4 million win is one of four major instant win prizes the Michigan Lottery has announced this month.
It comes just days after it was announced a Branch County woman won $500,000 on another instant game.
Her $10 Wild Time Supreme ticket was purchased at PS Food Mart, located at 75 Chicago St. in Coldwater.
It was announced a week ago that another Wayne County man won $500,000 from a $5 Blizzard Bucks instant game. His ticket was purchased at the Mobil gas station located at 19901 Masonic Blvd. in Roseville.
An Oakland County woman won $300,000 on a $5 Bonus Ball Bingo ticket purchased at the Super Happy Dollar Market, located at 1368 Baldwin Ave. in Pontiac.
Michigan Lottery helping fund education in Michigan
Under state law, all profits from the Lottery go to Michigan’s School Aid Fund. In Fiscal Year 2021, a record $1.419 billion was contributed to the Fund.
The Michigan Lottery has raised more than $26 billion for public education since 1972, more than a quarter of which ($7.2 billion) has been raised in the past seven years.