Michigan Man Wins $17 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot

WWJ News
September 05, 2019 - 11:30 am
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The actual winning ticket. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

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(WWJ) "I got up Sunday and checked my ticket with my phone. As soon as I realized I'd matched all six numbers all I could say was: 'Oh my god!'"

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The actual winning ticket. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)
An Ogemaw County, Michigan, man says a last-minute stop led to him winning a $17 million lottery jackpot.

The 57-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Aug. 24: 05-15-21-28-38-43, according to officials with the Michigan Lottery.

He bought the winning ticket at the Checkered Flag Party Store, located 2015 South M-33 in West Branch, which is located along I-75, north of Standish. 

"I usually buy a Lotto 47 ticket every Friday along with a Mega Millions ticket," said the player. "For whatever reason, I forgot to get the Lotto 47 ticket, so Saturday morning I was on my way by the party store and decided to stop and play my numbers."

The player visited Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $10.8 million, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount.

With his winnings he plans to buy a new house and then save the remainder.

"Winning brings a lot of financial relief, but also a lot of responsibility. I'm going to be smart with this money so it lasts for my family," the player said. 

Remember: About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers.

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