A Macomb County man walked out of the store in shock after discovering his Diamond 7s ticket was worth $4 million.
The lucky 42-year-old, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket from the Meijer store, located at 100 Pigeon Road in Bad Axe. Bad Ax is about 50 miles northeast of Bay City.
“I like to play $20 and $30 instant tickets and had a few to cash in while I was at the store one day,” the player said. “When I got to the counter, I saw that there were only two Diamond 7 tickets left, so I bought them both. I crossed out the barcodes and asked the clerk to scan them immediately. When one of them gave a message to file a complaint, I started scratching it at the counter with the clerk.
“As soon as I scratched the winning symbol and saw ‘4MIL’ underneath, I grabbed the ticket and ran out of the store. I was completely in shock!”
The player recently went to the Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He elected to receive his award as a one-time lump sum payment of approximately $2.5 million rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his earnings, he plans to buy a house and then save the rest.
“Winning is such a blessing, I still can’t believe it’s real,” the player said.
Players have won over $139 million playing Diamond 7 launched in April 2021. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 million to $4 million. There are over $12 million in prizes remaining, including one $15,000 prize and 33 $5,000 prizes.
In 2021, Lottery gamers have earned over $1.8 billion playing instant games.
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