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Michigan man wins $1M from scratch-off ticket bought at Meijer

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 11:25:43-04

A Lansing man won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket bought at Meijer in Lansing.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the money from Michigan Lottery's Millionaire Maker instant game.

"I'd won a little playing Lotto 47, so I used my winnings to buy a couple of instant tickets out of the vending machine at Meijer," said the 65-year-old player. "I scratched the ticket when I got out to my truck and I really did think it was a joke until I scanned it in the Lottery app and that verified it was a big winner.

"I called my wife, and she thought I was full of it. She wouldn't believe me until I sent her a picture of the ticket!"

He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to give his retirement account a boost.

"Winning is overwhelming. It gives me and my wife the ability to relax and it guarantees we will have a comfortable retirement," the player said.