Two Michigan scratch-off winners from the same county win big
One of them almost fainted
By Kate Northrop
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 Lotte ...
Jul 17, 2020, 7:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan man wins $4 million for the second time within three years
He might be the luckiest lottery player in Michigan right now
By Kate Northrop
A Michigan resident might be the luckiest lottery player in the state right now after he won a $4 million prize from a scratch-off ticket not once, but twice in three years.
Winning one $4 million prize from an instant game in 2017 did not deter Mark Clark, 50, from playing the lottery going forward. Luckily for him, it was the right choice he ended up winning a second $4 million prize just three years later. ...
Jun 23, 2020, 1:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan grandmother claims $70 million Powerball jackpot
Waterford resident goes from living paycheck-to-paycheck to becoming Michigan's newest multi-millionaire
By Kate Northrop
A Michigan resident is the owner of the single winning ticket for the Powerball drawing held on February 12 worth $70 million. The winner had decided to make an impromptu pit stop with a friend to buy some lottery tickets at Huron Plaza Liquor on West Huron Street in Pontiac.
Cristy Davis, 40, of Waterford matched all five numbers drawn 14, 47, 54, 55, and 68, with P ...
Jun 18, 2020, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreak
The Michigan Lottery is warning the public about a scam in which people are told they've won a big prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it.
The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they've won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize.
If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier's check, make an ele ...
Apr 8, 2020, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery has few options to stop players who spend millions
In June 2017, Viktor Gjonaj walked into a sleepy retail strip on Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.
He wasn't heading for the massage parlor, or the small Indian and Pakistani grocery store or restaurant or the hair salon. Instead, he went into the Michigan Lottery claim center at the northern edge of Sherwood Plaza.
There, he showed his driver's license and Social Security card, completed a claim form, and left $2.5 million richer with a check cut to him as the prize for the 500 winning ...
Mar 9, 2020, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man claims $3.4M Lotto 47 jackpot
A Macomb County, Michigan, man has some planning to do after winning a $3.4 million Lotto 47 jackpot.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize when he matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Feb. 8. The winning numbers drawn that evening were 6, 7, 12, 16, 18, and 46.
He bought the winning ticket at the Victory Inn, located at 28950 Mound Road in Warren.
I heard a winner had been sold at the Victory Inn, so I checked my ticket. Then I checked it again, and then ...
Feb 27, 2020, 5:54 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan woman learns she won $5M lottery prize while scrolling Facebook
A woman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, says she had no idea she'd won a $5 million Lotto 47 prize until she was on Facebook the night after the drawing.
I usually only buy Lotto 47 tickets when the jackpot gets over $10 million, said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. When I was at the store, I saw the jackpot was only at $5 million, but I decided to get a ticket anyway.
The night after the drawing, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw a news station had posted that someone ...
Dec 4, 2019, 3:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Northern Michigan father of 7 claims $80M Powerball lottery jackpot
A northern Michigan father of seven and grandfather of 21 was revealed Wednesday as the winner of an $80 million Powerball jackpot.
Phillip Chippewa, 54, of Suttons Bay matched the winning numbers drawn on Sept. 21 1, 9, 22, 36, and 68, with Powerball number 22 according to the Michigan Lottery.
He purchased his ticket at the Barrels Barrels Party Store located at 1375 SW Bayshore Drive in Suttons Bay.
Anytime I see the jackpot getting up there I buy a few tickets and hope for the best ...
Oct 24, 2019, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
Third $1 million lottery prize goes unclaimed in Michigan this year
Michigan residents apparently aren't checking their lottery tickets, as a $1 million prize went unclaimed on Thursday for the third time this year, the state lottery said.
The lottery reported the ticket expired at 4:45 p.m. and was purchased at the Speedway gas station located at 10070 Highland Road in Hartland. The money now goes to the state School Aid Fund, the lottery said.
In Michigan, Powerball tickets are valid for one year after the drawing date. (A list of lottery ticket expirati ...
Oct 4, 2019, 9:07 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winners charged in string of robberies
Stephanie Harvell's luck seemed to have dried up before she bought a scratch-off lottery ticket in early 2016. She and her husband had recently lost a car, and that same morning, they had received an eviction notice from their home in Bay City, Mich. Then, she scraped away at that ticket and realized she had won $500,000.
I cried like a baby when I saw what I'd won, Harvell said, according to the Michigan Lottery, adding that she had visions of putting the cash toward a new home and a car.
Sep 4, 2019, 12:13 pm - Lottery News forum