80-year-old Michigan man wins $300,000 in lottery one week after switching to scratch-off games

Jul 5, 2024, 9:32 am (12 comments)

Michigan Lottery

From draw games to instant games, this longtime player made the switch at the right time

By Kate Northrop

A dedicated lottery player who exclusively played draw games won a $300,000 top prize on a scratch-off ticket just a week and a half after switching over to playing instant games.

An 80-year-old Michigan man was rewarded with his switch from draw games to instant games with a $300,000 top prize on a scratch-off ticket.

The winner, who opted to remain anonymous, was at Wolf Lake Store on North M-37 in Baldwin when he spotted the "$300,000 Top Secret Cashword" ticket in the cabinet. He had only just decided a little over a week before to swear off draw games in favor of instant games.

"I used to only play draw games, but recently I switched and started playing instant games instead," the lottery fan told the Michigan Lottery. "It was about a week and a half after I made the switch to playing instant games that I bought this ticket."

He picked out the $5 game and got to work after getting home. His decision was about to pay off handsomely.

"I was scratching the ticket at home, and when I revealed the tenth word, I thought: 'This can't be,'" he recalled. "I looked the ticket over three times and then I gave it to my daughter to look over. She looked it over and said: 'Dad, you won the big one!'"

He scooped up the ticket and went back to a retailer to make sure he was really looking at a $300,000 top prize.

"I still couldn't believe it, so I took it to the store to scan it, and that's when it started sinking in that I'd really won," the lucky winner continued. "Winning a $300,000 lottery prize is the best feeling in the world!"

Next, he took the ticket to Lottery headquarters in Lansing to cash it. With the winnings, he said, he plans to pay off his home and improve his quality of life through various home projects.

Now that the anonymous player claimed the second top prize of $300,000 out of the three originally available since the game's launch in December 2023, just one more top prize remains. There are also 62 out of 139 second-tier prizes of $1,000 and 297 out of 684 third-tier prizes of $500 left to claim.

This winner sure is glad he made the switch to instant games.

The odds of winning any prize in the $5 "$300,000 Top Secret Cashword" game are 1 in 3.67. According to the Lottery, the game has awarded over $20 million to players so far, and more than $16 million in prizes remain.

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Comments

Bleudog101

Congratulations to him.  IDK his circumstances, but an 80 y/o with a mortgage...but we're not him so who knows why.

 

Am curious have other LP members considered going to scratch tickets only?  Reason for asking was thinking of the same thing yesterday.

billybucks

I only play draw games so maybe I'll switch. Then again walking into the right store at the right time no less and picking out a scratch game out of the 70 choices is too imposing a challenge to me. I will continue to fill out cards and go to any store at any time to play them. Instant gratification is a sign of weakness.

Think's avatarThink

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Jul 5, 2024

Congratulations to him.  IDK his circumstances, but an 80 y/o with a mortgage...but we're not him so who knows why.

 

Am curious have other LP members considered going to scratch tickets only?  Reason for asking was thinking of the same thing yesterday.

Michigan is coming out with a $30 Fast Cash which is Jackpot plus $1 Million for 500,000 to 1 odds so now Michigan Players have something else to consider.

I'm down to a couple-few games right now myself as I have pretty much stopped playing games I have never come close to winning in the last 5 decades I have been playing.

Most of the Instants will seem silly once the new Fast Cash comes online.

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats to the lucky guy, enjoy. 🥳

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Banks cannot discriminate based on age for a mortgage.  When a family member bought their first home,  I went along for moral support. I was chatting with their realtor who told me that she had a 85 year old woman just buy her first home. It is never too late.

rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Jul 5, 2024

Congratulations to him.  IDK his circumstances, but an 80 y/o with a mortgage...but we're not him so who knows why.

 

Am curious have other LP members considered going to scratch tickets only?  Reason for asking was thinking of the same thing yesterday.

Actually, I have considered switching to scratch tix. A couple things that keep me from changing are I think Texas scratch tix are rather weak considering the top prizes for the odds and cost of the games compared to other states like Florida. Also, Texas is a BIG state. If a particular game only has say 4 top prizes, there's a lot of territory those 4 top prizes can be hiding. Even a game with 10 top prizes (which is unusual) has a lot of places to hide.

LottoNoobie

I wonder why Cash Words have smaller jackpot prizes.  Most of our $5 tickets top prize is $500,000

billybucks

Quote: Originally posted by LottoNoobie on Jul 5, 2024

I wonder why Cash Words have smaller jackpot prizes.  Most of our $5 tickets top prize is $500,000

The game is popular enough so they can short change with the prize structure. People like it because if you play it right (slow scratch) it can take a few minutes and has some suspense to it.

LottoNoobie

Ahh, thanks! I never thought about it that way. The one reason I don't like crosswords is because they do take a while. I could just scratch the bar code and scan it but that takes all of the fun out of it. 

In my experience with scratch offs, the more chances to win on a ticket, I don't win anything.

billybucks

Quote: Originally posted by LottoNoobie on Jul 5, 2024

Ahh, thanks! I never thought about it that way. The one reason I don't like crosswords is because they do take a while. I could just scratch the bar code and scan it but that takes all of the fun out of it. 

In my experience with scratch offs, the more chances to win on a ticket, I don't win anything.

  I have seen customers buy the cash word ticket and scratch off the bar code before the clerk has rung up the sale on the register. The whole purpose of the cash word game is to take it home and play it there slowly to enjoy it more. You play it during commercials and you never complete it in time so you put it down and wait for the next commercial to finish it. It is fun and enjoyable to do it that way.

Lotterologist's avatarLotterologist

Congrats!

dickblow

yes congrats to him 🥳

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