After Flood Took Everything He Had, Midland County Man Wins $2 Million Scratch-Off

Written By Matt Schoch on April 23, 2021
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It’s been nearly a year since catastrophic flooding devastated Michigan’s Tri-Cities region last May. But one Midland County man who says he lost everything in the flood is rebounding quite nicely after scoring a $2 million instant Michigan Lottery win.

The 29-year-old man, who chose to remain anonymous, won the Michigan Lottery $2,000,000 Lucky 7’s instant game.

“Last year, I lost everything in a flood, so to win this prize is so overwhelming to me,” the man said, according to an announcement from the Lottery. “I never play $20 tickets, but when I stopped to pick up a couple things on my way to pick up my kids, the Lucky 7’s ticket caught my eye. Seven is a lucky number for me, so I decided to take a chance and bought the ticket.”

The man who bought the ticket at Anna’s Market in Midland took a one-time, $1.3 million lump sum instead of annuity payments for $2 million.

More than 20 $1 million Michigan lottery winners in 2021

The man, who plans to pay bills and save the remainder, joins a group of lucky folks in the $1 million club.

There have been at least 21 winners who have taken home $1 million or more so far in 2021, not including the Midland County winner.

Of the 21 reported scores, nine have been from instant scratch-offs. Of the 80 Michigan Lottery instant games, 20 offer prizes of $1 million or more.

Players have won more than $92 million playing the Michigan Lottery $2,000,000 Lucky 7’s, which launched in December 2019. Four $2 million top prizes remain unclaimed.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

$4 million Ultimate Millions score in Madison Heights

In addition, a $4 million instant score was posted to the Lottery’s database on Thursday.

The Ultimate Millions ticket was purchased at a Mobil station in Madison Heights, a Detroit suburb.

No other details were immediately available about the winner.

$1 million Mega Millions ticket bought in Ludington

Still, interstate drawings are more likely to create Michigan Lottery millionaires, with 12 occurring so far this year.

On Wednesday, the Lottery publicized a $1 million Mega Millions prize for a Lake County man.

Gerald Carrig of Irons in northwest Michigan “about had a heart attack” when he realized his score, according to the Lottery.

Carrig, 73, bought the winner at a Meijer gas station in Ludington.

He’s one of three Mega Millions winners in Michigan to take home $1 million or more in 2021, including the $1.05 billion group winner from January. In addition, there have been five million-plus Powerball scores in Michigan and three others in Lucky For Life.

There’s also been one Lotto 47 $1 million winner this year. Saturday’s drawing in Michigan has a $7.2 million jackpot.

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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the former host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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