LANSING, MI — Two longtime friends decided that sharing a lottery ticket would improve their luck — and they were right.
Robert Sopsich, 30, of Hartland, and Dillan Dybilas, 20, of Ubly, were having no luck playing Michigan Lottery instant games on their own so they decided to split a $20 Millionaire Maker ticket and agreed to split the winnings.
The lucky duo ended up splitting way more than they could have imagined as they won a $1 million prize.
"We'd each been buying tickets but hadn't won much, so we decided to put our money together and split the winnings," Sopsich said. "We stopped and bought a couple tickets last week and when we got back in the truck, started scratching them off."
"I looked over at Robert and his mouth was hanging wide open," Dybilas said. "I asked him how much we'd won and when he said '$1 million,' I had to see the ticket for myself."
The two bought heir ticket at the Hilltop Party Store, located at 12402 Highland Road in Hartland.
"When I saw the '1MIL' symbol it was like lightning going through my body," Sopsich said. "We went to my house right away to tell my wife, and all we could do was celebrate because we knew winning meant we'd be debt free."
The pair visited Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing Tuesday to claim their prize. They elected to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $634,000 rather than annuity payments for the full amount. Each player received about $317,000 before income tax withholdings, according to the Michigan Lottery.
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