Michigan Man Wins $229,986 Fantasy 5 Lottery Jackpot

WWJ News
September 03, 2019 - 10:13 am
Scott Hein lottery winner

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(WWJ) A Northern Michigan man was in the middle of Lake Michigan when he found out he won a $229,986 lottery jackpot.

According to officials with the Michigan Lottery, 50-year-old Scott Hein, of Rogers City, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on July 4 to win the big prize: 02-15-25-35-38.

Hein, who bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com, said everyone with him at the big moment thought he was messing around. 

"I was out on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan celebrating the Fourth when I checked my phone and saw I won the jackpot," Hein said. "None of the people I was with believed me. I had to go person-to-person showing them my phone to convince them."

"Then I called my wife and son and they didn't believe me either. Honestly, it was kind of hard to believe it myself because I thought no one north of Saginaw ever won, but this just proves it can happen to anyone, anywhere."

Hein, who recently visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim the prize, plans to pay bills with his winning and then save the remainder.

Each Fantasy 5 play is $1, with drawings held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. The Fantasy 5 jackpot for this Tuesday night's drawing is $179,000.

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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