LANSING, MI — A Livingston County couple’s marriage is off to an unbelievable start after the groom won a $1 million jackpot the day after they exchanged vows.
“I bought the ticket the day after my wedding and gave it to my wife to scratch,” said the 57-year-old winner who chose to remain anonymous. “When she revealed the ‘$1 MIL’ prize amount, we were in disbelief. We kept reading the instructions over and over again to make sure we really won. It was an exciting couple of days for us!”
The player bought his winning “Diamonds & Pearls” $10 instant ticket at Prudenville E-Z Mart, located at 2403 West Houghton Lake Drive in Prudenville. He visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize.
The winner elected to receive the money as a one-time, lump-sum payment of approximately $693,000 rather than the annuity. With the winnings, he plans on investing.
For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
The last players from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot is the Wolverine FLL lottery club which claimed a $1.05 billion jackpot in March 2021. With their winnings, the group plans to give back to the community.
And while they were lucky winners, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Warren in 2021 went unclaimed. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.