The first thought that came to a Lansing man when he finished scratching off his Lottery ticket was:
“You’re kidding me!”.
He had just won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game.
The player, who opted to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer, at 6200 South Pennsylvania in Lansing.
“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 decided to take his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000.
The winner said 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.