Michigan Woman Discovers She Won $170K After Checking Online Lottery Account

Posted on August 28, 2017

Michigan is one of four states that allows residents to purchase lottery tickets online (New Hampshire will become the fifth in early 2018), and this ability may have saved one Michigander $170,000.

Three really good reasons to buy lottery tickets online

Purchasing lottery tickets online has quite a few advantages. For one, it’s convenient. Players also don’t have to fret over losing the ticket.

And as was the case for one anonymous Michigan woman who recently won $170,000 playing Fantasy 5, players can be a little absentminded and take their time checking for winners.

Online lottery makes sure no prize goes unclaimed

A recent story in Michigan details how a woman who purchased her lottery ticket online only realized she’d won a Fantasy 5 jackpot worth $169,144 several weeks after the drawing. Had she not purchased her ticket online, she may have never realized it, and her six-figure jackpot may have gone unclaimed.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the woman discovered she had won when she noticed a taxable winnings box after logging into her online account.

“I thought to myself: ‘I’ve never had any taxable winnings,’ and boy, was I surprised when I clicked on the box,” the woman reportedly told Michigan Lottery officials.

“The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, played the Fantasy 5 game online, according to the Michigan Lottery,” the Detroit Free Press reports. “Her ticket for the July 12 drawing matched the five winning numbers — 08-19-22-28-30.”

How the Michigan Lottery alerts online winners

Because she purchased the Fantasy 5 ticket online, the winning ticket was linked directly to her, and her online account reflected her winnings. That said, because of the high amount, she still needs to go to Michigan Lottery headquarters to collect her prize.

Furthermore, had she not checked her account, the Michigan Lottery would have likely contacted the woman at some point to alert her.

Back in February, Jeff Holyfield, a spokesman for the Michigan Lottery Commission, told the Detroit Free Press:

“What happens is with the online games where players have registered … we know immediately who it is. If we see a person has won a prize of that sort then we’ll give them a few days. If we don’t see them logging into their account, then we’ll make that outreach to let them know that they have won a million dollars or more.”

Money will be used to pay some bills and ‘feather [her] nest’

According to Detroit Free Press, the woman and her husband will use their recently acquired windfall to “pay some bills, do some home improvements and buy some hunting property.”

She also supplied us with a terrific and humble acceptance catchphrase: “It’s wonderful to have a little money to feather your nest with.”

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