Macomb County Woman Joins List Of Michiganders Collecting Seven-Figure Prize From Instant Lottery

Written By Derek Helling on September 30, 2021

Another Michigander has joined the seemingly ever-growing list of Michigan Lottery scratch-off millionaires. This time, it was a 67-year-old Macomb County woman who won the top prize playing the $2,000,000 Jumbo Cash game.

The winner says it’s a dream come true. She isn’t the only one with such dreams, and she is far from the only person in MI to see that dream become a reality playing instant-win games in Michigan this year.

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According to a press release from the Lottery, the winner here is a casual player who simply happened to pick the right game card earlier this year. She made the purchase at the Meijer on Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights.

“Every so often when I am at the store, I will purchase a Lottery ticket,” the winner stated. “I was at Meijer one day and decided to try the $2,000,000 Jumbo Cash game. I scratched the barcode right after I purchased it and had the retailer scan it. When I got a message to file a claim, I took the ticket home to scratch it, thinking I’d probably won $1,000.

“When I saw I had won $2 million, I was shocked. My husband has always said he wants to be a millionaire, so after I’d won, I set the ticket down next to him and said: ‘You can finally call yourself a millionaire!’ He was so excited.”

Earlier this week, the winner claimed her prize. She opted for the $1.2 million lump sum. She said she plans to share the windfall with her family and invest the rest. Even after taxes, the prize represents a stellar return on a $20 cost.

The woman’s generosity with her family has probably made more dreams come true. She isn’t the first this year in MI to spread the love in such a way. She probably won’t be the last, either.

MI Lottery instant millionaires keep piling up

Earlier this month, a Genesee County man collected on a Red Hot Millions card worth $1 million. Between draw-style and instant-win games, the number of MI Lottery players who have won prizes of at least $1 million (before taxes) this year is approaching the high 40s.

Planning to invest the majority of such returns on a ticket purchase is a solid strategy. That not only allows winners to collect interest but also limits their tax liability. That’s why it’s a best practice to begin working with an attorney and financial adviser as quickly as possible after landing such a prize.

Although most lottery players don’t break even, the wins like this can make dreams come true in an instant.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago, IL. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law. Recently, he has written about the expanded gambling industry in Michigan, including online sports betting, online casinos, and the cornerstone land-based casino market.

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