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Ypsilanti man wins $2 million Michigan Lottery jackpot

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 19:11:51-04

An Ypsilanti man won $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery's $2,000,000 Bonus instant game.

The 47-year-old player bought the winning ticket at the Valero gas station on Rawsonville Road in Belleville.

"I just bought a new car and got a chip in the windshield, so I decided to stop and try to change my luck with an instant ticket," said the player. "I usually buy $10 tickets, but for some reason this game felt lucky.

"The clerk tore the ticket off the roll, and some of the paper tore off the back of the top of the ticket so I almost asked for a different one. I am so glad I didn't!"

The player scratched the $20 ticket in the Valero parking lot and had to collect himself before driving home.

"I was so shaky, after I saw what I'd won," the player said. "I called my husband and told him he needed to meet me at home right away. It was so surreal to be sitting there knowing we had won $2 million!"

The player chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million. With his winnings, he plans to complete some home repairs, take a vacation and then invest the remainder.

"Winning means we've got a safety net now and an easier retirement in our future," said the player.