Retired Michigan Woman Wins Big Playing Instant Win Lottery Games

Written By Steve Ruddock on May 1, 2017 - Last Updated on October 13, 2020
Michigan Online Instant Winner

[toc]Three months after winning $2 million on an instant win scratch ticket purchased at a Marathon gas station in Ann Arbor, a Michigan woman collected another significant payday when she won $60,000 playing one of the state’s instant win lottery games online.

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, told local press.

“I’ve got to be the luckiest woman in Jackson County. I’m just still in awe that I won another huge Lottery prize. Since I’m retired now, I have some spare time and decided to play the game Tuesday afternoon. I hit for $60,000 on the first number of my third ticket. This really has been the most amazing year for me. It’s like a big fat dream and I don’t want to wake up.”

Playing instant win tickets online

In addition to purchasing daily and weekly draw tickets (Lotto47, PowerBall, Mega Millions, and Fantasy5), Michiganders are able to play 40 different online instant win games.

The online version of these games are a bit more engaging than a standard scratch ticket. The tickets boast state-of-the-art graphics, sounds, and increased game play functions.

Because of this, not all online lotteries sell instant win tickets. Some state legislators think the look and feel of online scratch-offs too closely resembles online slots . In fact, the Minnesota legislature rolled back online lottery sales specifically because of objections to online instant tickets.

The Michigan Lottery allows players to demo each of the games for as long as they want before purchasing tickets. This trial period gives players a chance to get familiar with the rules and payouts of each game. Additionally, they can see which games they prefer before committing any money.

In order to make the experience as real and transparent as possible, the demos offer the same payout percentages as the real-money games.

When a player decides to play for real money, they choose the price point and the number of tickets they would like to purchase. Players can adjust these amounts before each game. Once the game begins, players can either scratch off the numbers one-by-one or choose to speed up the process and reveal all.

In addition to matching winning numbers or symbols, most of the games have additional ways to win, including the triggering of bonus rounds.

Online lotto tickets cheaper than real scratch-offs

One of the interesting aspects of the online lottery is the cost per ticket. In retail locations instant win cards begin at $1. With less overhead since no tickets need to be printed, shipped, and tracked, online instant win tickets start at as little as $.05.

Another benefit is the Michigan lottery website will tell you precisely how much you’ve won, so you never have to worry about misreading a ticket.

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Steve Ruddock is a veteran of the poker and online gambling media. A contributor to,, USA Today, and a variety of other industry publications both online and off, Steve is based in Massachusetts.

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