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Mackinac County man wins $4.3 Million jackpot

A Mackinac County man who bought a Lotto 47 ticket while visiting family in Oceana County won a multi-million dollar jackpot. Photo courtesy: Michigan Lottery.

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Mackinac County man who bought a Lotto 47 ticket while visiting family in Oceana County won a multi-million dollar jackpot.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Nov. 1: 16-20-23-32-37-45, winning a $4.3 million jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

He bought his winning ticket at the Kwik Mart, located at 330 East Main Street in Walkerville.

“I was visiting family members down state and stopped to buy a Lotto 47 ticket,” said the player. “A few days later, I was having a burger and beer near my home when I noticed my wallet was full of tickets, so I started scanning them on the self-service machine.

“When I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket, I got a funny message so I set it aside thinking I’d check it again at the end of my tickets. When I checked it again, I got the same message, so I took it up to the bartender. She handed it back to me and told me I’d won big. I asked my stepdaughter to text the winning numbers from Nov.1 to me. When I saw I’d matched all six, I screamed: ‘Oh my god!’”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.8 million, rather than an annuity. He plans to share his winnings with his family, and may buy a newer truck.

“This is still all sinking in,” said the player. “I can’t wait to help my family out with this jackpot. When I see the look on each of their faces is when I think it will really set in that I’m a millionaire.”

“I’ve got six kids and several grandkids, so I’ll probably be half-broke by the time I’m done with them,” the player joked. “But it’ll be worth it!”


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