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Two Michigan scratch-off winners from the same county win big

Jul 17, 2020, 7:55 pm

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One of them almost fainted

By Kate Northrop

LANSING, Mich. — A 30-year-old Michigan resident nearly fainted after discovering that he won not $1,000, but $4 million from a $30 instant scratch-off game.

"When I scratched the ticket, I thought I had a $1,000 winner because I got a slip that said to contact the Lottery," the lucky winner said. "As I looked closer, I saw the '4MIL' symbol, and I almost passed out."

The player from Macomb County chose to remain anonymous when claiming his top prize at Lottery headquarters in Lansing. He decided on taking the lump sum payout that came to about $2.5 million after taxes. The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.

It certainly came as a shock, but what is even more satisfying is that he is the first winner of one of the coveted top three prizes of $4 million from the $4,000,000 Cash scratch-off lottery game. Two more top prizes remain, along with 22 out of 40 second-tier prizes worth $10,000 remaining in the game.

Since the scratch-off's launch in February 2020, players have won over $65 million playing the game, with more than $85 million left in prizes to claim.

First and foremost, the winner said he plans on buying a new home with his prize winnings and will invest the rest.

'Accidental' $2 million win

Miraculously, this was not the only recent instance of a Macomb County resident catching a lucky break. A stop at a gas station to refill tires led to another man "accidentally" winning $2 million.

"I stopped to put air in my wife's truck tire, and I needed some change for the machine," the other anonymous winner recounted. "I went in to get change and asked for a $10 Lucky 7's ticket. The clerk handed me the $20 ticket by mistake."

At the point the clerk realized the accidental switch, he offered to exchange it for the ticket the player wanted in the first place, but something told him to keep it. He was definitely glad he listened to his gut since the slight blunder earned him a top prize worth $2 million.

The winner also decided on receiving a lump sum after visiting Lottery headquarters, taking home about $1.3 million. He purchased the winning ticket at the BP gas station on East 10 Mile Road in Eastpointe.

The 57-year-old Maycomb County player also won the first of three available top prizes, this time for the $2,000,000 Lucky 7's scratch-off game. 8 out of 20 second-tier prizes of $10,000 remain for players to claim.

As if the two winners weren't similar enough, this player also plans on buying a new home but will save the rest.

The $2,000,000 Lucky 7's game was first made available in December 2019. Since then, players have won at least $54 million playing the lottery game, with more than $44 million in prizes remaining.

Players interested in trying their luck at the $4,000,000 Cash or $2,000,000 Lucky 7's scratch-off games can visit any of the 10,500 retailers across the state of Michigan.

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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Posted: July 17, 2020, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

Congratulations to the winners in Michigan. They are now millionaires!

 "We are all in this together!" 

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    Simpsonville
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    Posted: July 18, 2020, 11:32 am - IP Logged

    Heat must be getting to the brain cells, so read this uplifting story twice.   Both bought tickets in same county and both stayed anonymous; talk about near coincidences.

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      Cali
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      Posted: July 18, 2020, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

      Did the same thing....Almost fainted ,but it remained 1K.Naughty

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        homestead
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        Posted: July 19, 2020, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

        I can't see why no one want to take the annual installments instead of the lump sum. The installments can be better managed that the lump sum amount.

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          Simpsonville
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          Posted: July 19, 2020, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

          It's all a matter of perspective.   When I was younger always wanted annual payments.    Now older and still an investor, it makes much more sense in many ways to take the lump sum.   Just show me the money!

            music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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            Posted: July 19, 2020, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

            It's all a matter of perspective.   When I was younger always wanted annual payments.    Now older and still an investor, it makes much more sense in many ways to take the lump sum.   Just show me the money!

            I Agree! Bleudog101,  Older winners may not have the time left to enjoy all of the annuity. If a winner dies too soon after winning then there is the tax burden placed on the beneficiaries. 

              Taxes may increase in the future. 

             We do not hear about past winners investing the lump sum. There is Brad Duke who has done that. The media wants a, "If it bleeds it leads" story. Michael Carrol in the UK is well known for all the media attention he generated. Michael was 19 years old and blew through ten million pounds. 

             Take the long term view. Stay out of the media and invest. A winner has real estate, stocks, bonds, futures, options, treasuries, etc. to invest in.

            Patriot

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              Posted: July 19, 2020, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

              Wow, two in the same neighborhood?

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                Posted: July 20, 2020, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                Is it normal for states to redact a scratch-off ticket number? I was told it's for security purposes. I'm curious to know if higher or lower tickets have the big winners.

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                  Posted: July 20, 2020, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                  The $30 tickets should be at least 1.5-3% winnings.  I know the lottery makes a fortune,  but come on now.  That shouldn't be luck,  at least give a percentage out for those amts on the tickets.   WTG for a $4 million winner.  Remain anonymous, cool,   if they play it smart they will get a trust fund,   however,  that is up to the person.

                  I love pecans and making sales with commissions.   

                  My amazon store is just like the lottery.