Oakland County Couple Wins $1 Million On Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket

WWJ News
March 04, 2020 - 11:22 am
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The actual winning ticket (Image: Michigan Lottery)

(WWJ) He let his wife scratch it off because, he says, she's the lucky one. 

An Oakland County man has won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery's $1,000,000 Lucky 7's instant game.

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The actual winning ticket (Image: Michigan Lottery)
"I don't play Lottery often but had a feeling and decided to buy a $1,000,000 Lucky 7's instant game ticket," said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. "I brought it home and asked my wife to scratch it for me because she's like Lady Luck!"

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 710 Benstein Road in Commerce Township.

"As soon as I saw the pot of gold symbol, I said: 'We've got a winner!'" his wife said. "Once I scratched off the $1 million prize, I could barely talk. I just kept saying: 'Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!'"

The couple visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. They chose to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of about $634,000 rather than annuity payments for the full amount. 

"We've had a rough couple years, so this is a real blessing. All our worries are gone now. We can pay off some bills and we'll save the rest, maybe take a trip somewhere," the man said. 

The Michigan Lottery says players have won more than $11 million playing $1,000,000 Lucky 7's, which launched in January. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $36 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, 34 $10,000 prizes, and 158 $2,000 prizes.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Remember, never gamble more than you can afford to lose. Facing a gambling problem can be an overwhelming experience, and if you get in over your head it can feel like there is no way out. If you need help, call The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-270-7117.