Macomb County man wins $2 million after playing Michigan Lottery instant game

Posted at 10:28 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 14:19:13-04

A Clinton Township man is now a millionaire after hitting it big on an instant lottery ticket.

Martin Hardin, 54, won $2 million on the Michigan Lottery's Classic Black instant game. He bought the winning ticket at a Mobil gas station on Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township.

After buying the ticket, Hardin went on a bike ride with the ticket in his pocket, not knowing it was worth $2 million.

"I scratched off the numbers on the ticket, but not the prizes," said Hardin. "When I saw money symbol, I assumed I'd won my money back, so I stuck the ticket in my pocket. "Later that day, I biked over to a friend's house, and discovered the ticket was still in my pocket, so I scratched the prize amounts. I scratched the rest of the ticket and couldn't believe I was holding a $2 million winner!'

Hardin chose to take the lump sum payment of $1.3 million. He plans to help his family and go on vacation.

“I’m still in disbelief. There were three top prizes on Classic Black and I was lucky enough to win one of them!” Hardin said.

The Classic Black game launched in March. Players can win prizes ranging from $20 to $2 million.