Generous winner remains anonymous
Paying it forward is the plan for a loyal Michigan Lottery player from Otsego County who won a $13.1 million Lotto 47 jackpot.
The man, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn in Wednesday night's Lotto 47 drawing — 1, 6, 25, 32, 34, and 41 — to win the $13.1 million jackpot. The prize is the fourth largest Lotto 47 jackpot ever won.
He bought his winning ticket at DerMiner's Parkside Market, located at 7131 Old Highway 27 South in Gaylord.
"I've been playing the lottery for years. I play different draw games depending on which game feels lucky," said the player. "I've been watching the Lotto 47 jackpot grow, and have been playing the game for weeks."
The player was surprised, and even a little bummed out, when he went to work on Thursday morning and saw someone had won the Lotto 47 jackpot.
"When I saw that the jackpot was back to $1 million I was a little disappointed, the thought that I could be the winner never crossed my mind," said the player. "When I got to the last line of my ticket and saw that I had all six numbers I could barely breathe. I kept rubbing my eyes to make sure I was seeing the numbers right."
Meanwhile, at DerMiner's Parkside Market, news that the winning Lotto 47 ticket was sold at the store was traveling fast.
"People were coming in and congratulating my wife and I before we even knew we'd sold the winning ticket," said Brian DerMiner, who owns the store with his wife Robin. "When we learned who the jackpot winner was we were ecstatic. He's been a great customer for the store, and is someone we consider a friend."
DerMiner accompanied his friend to Lansing Friday when he claimed his jackpot. The player chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $8.3 million.
"Honestly, this could not have happened to a nicer person," said DerMiner. "On the way here, all he talked about was his plans to help other people with his good fortune. I don't think he mentioned anything he wanted to do for himself even once."
The player does plan to purchase a new car, but only because he always promised to help one of the clerks at DerMiner's if he ever won big.
"One of the clerks at the store needs a car really bad," said the player. "Every time I bought a ticket from her, I told her that if I hit a jackpot she could have my Lincoln. Well, I hit a jackpot, and now I owe her a car. I can't wait to see her reaction when I give her the keys."
In addition to purchasing a new car, the player plans to help his sister retire, take care of some family members in need, and possibly start a charity in the Gaylord area. He's also planning to setup an investment account to help his money grow until he decides to retire.
Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.
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