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Teen lottery winner to pay off mom's home

Michigan LotteryMichigan Lottery: Teen lottery winner to pay off mom's home

MUIR, Mich. — A Michigan teenager plans to pay off his mother's home with the winning lottery ticket she gave him.

Gabe Smith of Pewamo told the Michigan Lottery his mother bought the lucky ticket at Muir Mini Mart.

Smith, 19, said he scratched off the ticket and thought it wasn't a winner. But when he tried to enter the ticket's code into his Player's Club account, he got an error message.

When Smith contacted lottery workers, they delivered the good news: his Bonus Ball Bingo ticket was worth $100,000.

Smith visited the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing Friday to claim his prize.

He told lottery officials he plans to use the winnings to pay off his mother's house and buy a new computer. He said he'd save the rest of the money.

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music*'s avatar - bee
Fresno California
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Posted: March 22, 2016, 10:28 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to Gabe Smith. You are a generous son. Cool

Keep the good times rolling !!!  White Bounce

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    February 13, 2011
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    Posted: March 22, 2016, 10:51 am - IP Logged

    Awesome!  I love to see younger players win!

    Seems like no one under 50 ever wins.

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      Posted: March 22, 2016, 11:03 am - IP Logged

      Job well done young man. Cheers

      Stand for the Flag,  Kneel for the Cross.

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: March 22, 2016, 11:11 am - IP Logged

        Congrats Gabe Smith! It's very nice of him to pay off his mothers home. He sounds like a good kid.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

          tnlottodreamer's avatar - lighthouse
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          Posted: March 22, 2016, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

          BananaSee Ya!Hey Angelflake.

          I Agree!*** You Can't Win, If You Don't Enter***

            cbr$'s avatar - maren
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            Posted: March 22, 2016, 1:05 pm - IP Logged
            His mother should been real proud of him. Most young people don't think this way.  Good Luck to them both.Smile    "Nice story Todd."
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              Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
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              Posted: March 22, 2016, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

              Smart young man !

              Pay off debt, buy 1 nice thing save the rest, winners of bigger prizes should take note.

              Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                Posted: March 22, 2016, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats to the winner! Mom, you raised him right. Smart and lucky  :)

                Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

                “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                  Posted: March 22, 2016, 2:15 pm - IP Logged
                  His mother should been real proud of him. Most young people don't think this way.  Good Luck to them both.Smile    "Nice story Todd."

                  Yes, I had almost lost all hope in the younger generation.

                  Good to see this sort of thing.

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                            (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                    hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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                    Posted: March 22, 2016, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

                    a most curious story and while it does renew my faith in the younger generation,

                    I hope it doesn't come back to bite him later on

                      dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
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                      Posted: March 22, 2016, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations young man nice to see you taking care of mom.

                      I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                        A long and winding road
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                        Posted: March 22, 2016, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

                        Plans to.


                        He has time. 

                        life is open to change.

                        nice win!

                        ~~It often seems impossible, til it's done.


                          dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
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                          Posted: March 23, 2016, 12:00 am - IP Logged

                          Plans to.


                          He has time. 

                          life is open to change.

                          nice win!

                          Wow.. This is why I log in before I go surfing the threads...logging in enables the

                          Premium member block feature...forgot to log in this time..

                          What a wet blanket statement. How weird is that comment coming from one who wants to come 

                          off as wholesome but just winds up sounding like sour grapes...and rotten apples. Weird.


                          Bravo to this young man! I hope he wins again so he can do something good for someone

                          else too.

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                            Posted: March 23, 2016, 11:05 am - IP Logged

                            Ok, what am I missing? Where on the card does it show him winning 100k??