After scoring $100,000 playing lottery games online, a mother in Michigan can finally bring her kids to meet Mickey Mouse.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, fired up the 25 Card Cash game offered online by the Michigan Lottery. While wagering $10 per ticket, she watched her card fill up with five of the “gold coin tree” symbols connected together – triggering the game’s grand prize payout.
Here’s how she described the incredible moment during a winner’s interview with the Michigan Lottery:
“I was playing the 25 Card Cash game on my son’s laptop, and when I saw I won $100,000 I didn’t think it was real.
I had the strangest feeling come over me. It was like I died and came back to life!”
The 25 Card Cash game begins with wagers of just $0.20, but players can up the ante to $0.50, $1, $2, $5, or the $10 maximum bet.
The game scrambles 25 playing card graphics, along with special symbols, before revealing their random arrangement to determine a winner. Players hope to string three or more matching symbols together along horizontal, vertical, or diagonal lines. The game offers overall odds of 1 in 3.85 to win any prize, but the anonymous mother managed to beat a much bigger longshot.
Winning the top prize in 25 Card Cash – a multiple of 10,000X the wager amount – is a one in a million lightning strike.
The winner seemed to know just how improbable her jackpot was when recounting the big win to the Michigan Lottery:
“I’m still in shock. I work two jobs to make ends meet, and this helps take a lot of pressure off my shoulders.”
She told lotto officials that her plans for the windfall include purchasing a new home, sharing the luck with her parents, and taking her kids on a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
In late 2014, the Michigan Lottery began selling tickets to major draws like Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto 47, along with instant games like 25 Card Cash. Players can enjoy the action for as little as $0.05 per play, with betting capped at $20.
According to the Michigan Lottery, over 718,000 players have registered online lotto accounts, and in 2017 alone, online games paid out more than $535 million in prizes.
The new year has been highlighted by several six-figure scores landed online, with the anonymous mother joining a Genesee County man who pocketed $100,000 two weeks ago.
Matt Goss of Flushing was playing the Multiplier Max Out game when the stars aligned for a life-changing jackpot.
As he told the tale, Goss kept grinding and added another payday before closing out the session:
“I was playing online and when I won, I shouted ‘No way! I think I just won $100,000!’
I had to look at my phone a few times and I even took a screenshot to make sure it was real. After I won, I played a little more and won another $7,500 on a Keno game!”
The 38-year old also explained why online games are a perfect fit for modern players:
“It’s nice to be able to play at home and not have to go out for entertainment.
I like the games that have the bonuses and I like playing Mega Millions and Powerball online because when you win, the money is deposited automatically into your Lottery account.
Winning $100,000 online was a great experience, and it will be nice to have the extra money to invest in my business.”