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Michigan man wins $4 million top prize in new scratch-off lottery game

Sep 16, 2021, 12:07 pm

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Player scoops massive prize from instant game that launched a month ago

By Kate Northrop

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — One particular player loves trying out different types of instant games, and in doing so won a huge $4 million top prize from one of the Michigan Lottery's newest scratch-off games.

An anonymous Michigan man decided to try out the Lottery's new $30 "Diamond 7's" instant game, which boasted three unclaimed top prizes of a whopping $4 million each. Just as luck would have it, the scratch-off enthusiast scooped up the very first one.

The 33-year-old stopped at 18-Dequindre Convenience on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights and looked over the available scratch-off games while he was there.

"I like to play a variety of instant games and decided on the 'Diamond 7's' game while I was at the store because it's newer," the Macomb County resident explained. "I scanned the ticket and got a message to file a claim, so I took it home to have a family member scan it on their Lottery app."

Before scanning the ticket on the Lottery's app, a family member had given the lottery ticket a once-over, mistakenly claiming that the ticket was indeed a winner but of a much lesser value. With expectations set lower than the reality of the situation, the family was in for quite the celebration.

"One of my family members looked it over and told me I'd won $500," the winner recalled. "Once we scanned it on the app and saw it was a $4 million winning ticket, we were shocked. It turned into a party!"

He was happy to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters in Lansing, which he chose to receive as a one-time lump sum of about $2.5 million over the annuity payments that would have given him the full $4 million. With his winnings, he wants to buy a home and then save the rest.

Since his win, two of the three $4 million top prizes in the "Diamond 7's" game are still out there for others to claim. There are also 33 out of 40 $15,000 second prizes and 177 out of 209 $5,000 third prizes remaining. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.47.

"I still can't describe how it feels to win," the player admitted. "It was such a big surprise for me and my family."

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Hard Luck, Ak
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Congrats to him and his family!Party

"We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

                                                               Sir Winston ChurchillSun Smiley

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    Florida
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    January 2, 2018
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    Fantastic win!! Way to go with your gut instinct Thumbs Up

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      Bronx ny
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      If the family member offered to buy the ticket for five hundred,, NOW that would be a story!

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        Simpsonville
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        That is so good for him to win that much money on a whim.   Congratulations young Man!

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          Gallatin Tennesee
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          November 29, 2018
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          I have always felt that buying the newer scratch off tickets was a smart idea, especially on the higher priced tickets. This gentleman apparently practiced that same theory. Congrats to him and his family. But he should keep and eye on that "family member" who cannot distinguish between 4 million dollars and 5 hundred dollars. Really??

          LOLBig GrinNo Nod

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            Dr.President Elect
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            Congrats to the lucky guy, enjoy and keep scratching. Party

             Let's go Brandon! ROFL

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              Blue Bell,Pa
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              June 12, 2014
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              Only crazy people spend $30 bucks on a scratch off.

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                Only crazy people spend $30 bucks on a scratch off.

                LOLWell "crazy" just paid off!! lol BIG Congrats to this player!!