A Flint woman is going to Disney World after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery's Casino Riches instant game.
"After scratching the ticket, I thought I lost," said the winner, who chose to remain anonymous. "I decided to have my boyfriend double check it when he went to the store.
"After he scanned it, he called me and told me the ticket was a $500,000 winner. At first, I thought he was kidding. When I realized I had actually won, I felt numb."
The 33-year-old player bought her winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 1374 West Bristol Road in Flint.
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to take her family on a trip to Disney World and then invest the remainder.
"I'm still in shock," said the player. "Winning this prize will allow me to give my family a better life."
Players have won more than $6 million playing Casino Riches, which launched in September. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $18 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and 10 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.
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. In the 2017 fiscal year, the Lottery's contribution to Michigan's public schools was a record $924.1M. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $21B to support public education in Michigan. For additional information, follow the Michigan Lottery on Facebook [click.noreply.michiganlottery.com] , Instagram [click.noreply.michiganlottery.com] , Twitter [click.noreply.michiganlottery.com] and online at www.michiganlottery.com [click.noreply.michiganlottery.com] .
Source: Press Release