On certain occasions, you have to risk big to win big. And you can bet that a Saginaw County woman doesn’t mind how her recent $30 risk in the Michigan Lottery $200,000,000 Riches game turned out.
The 62-year-old turned that sum into a whopping $4 million prize playing the state lottery’s scratcher game, the lottery announced Monday.
Multiple $4 million prizes still left in Michigan Lottery game
The winning woman, who is choosing to remain anonymous, bought her big score at Singh’s Market at 805 Shattuck Road in Saginaw. She said she “couldn’t help but holler” when she saw that she had grabbed one of the $4 million grand prizes in the $200 million game.
“I love playing the $30 games,” the woman said in a Michigan Lottery news release. “I purchased my ticket, scratched the barcode, and scanned it. A message came up to file a claim, so I scanned it a second and third time and got the same message.
“I went out to my car and began scratching the ticket. I revealed the ‘CASH’ symbol and knew I won big. I slowly scratched the amount, and when I revealed the ‘4’ and then the ‘M,’ I couldn’t help but holler!”
The player chose a one-time lump sum of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments totaling $4 million for her prize. With her winnings, she plans to purchase a home and then invest the remainder.
The Michigan Lottery $200,000,000 Riches game launched in March. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $171 million in prizes remains, including two $4 million top prizes, 33 $10,000 prizes and 802 $3,000 prizes.
Multi-state lottery games ramping up
This announcement is the latest in what has been a big-ticket-rich haul for Michigan Lottery players in 2021. We’re closing in on three dozen already this year across scratcher games and multi-state lottery ventures. Just 48 such big scores were reported in 2020, and the yearly average from 2009 through 2020 was just 32.8, according to the lottery’s Big Winners database.
The winning ticket is also a rare seven-figure score for a player outside of one of Michigan’s six most-populous counties.
As of this writing, the Lucky for Life offerings in Michigan are moving from a twice-weekly format to a daily drawing.
And according to numerous reports outside the state, starting next month, players will have three chances to win Powerball each week. A Monday drawing is being added to the current schedule of Wednesdays and Saturdays.