One man in Michigan nearly recently became an instant millionaire, after parlaying a purchased online lottery ticket into the $924,878 jackpot prize.
The lucky winner, a 60-year old resident of Oakland County, pocketed the massive six-figure jackpot following the Fantasy 5 drawing on January 17.
He’s decided to remain anonymous for now, but according to local lotto officials, the winner purchased his $1 ticket for Fantasy 5 via the MichiganLottery.com website.
One Buck + Five Numbers = Nearly $1 Million
Fantasy 5 players attempt to match five randomly drawn numbers between 1 and 39, and drawings are held nightly at 7:29 p.m. local time throughout Michigan.
But as he later told the Michigan Lottery, the regular Fantasy 5 player couldn’t wait until the next morning to see if his numbers had finally come in:
“I woke up in the middle of the night and decided to check my numbers.
When I saw I was the winner, I couldn’t believe it.
There was no going back to sleep for me!”
When he discovered his online ticket held the magic numbers of 02-04-27-29-33, the man realized he had beaten odds of 1 in 575,757 to claim the Fantasy 5 jackpot.
Asked about his plans for the unexpected windfall, the winner revealed that he would be leaving the workforce sooner than expected to enjoy the lap of luxury:
“Winning won’t change me or how I live, but retirement is going to come a little sooner now.”
The winner quickly paid a trip to Michigan Lottery headquarters to collect his life-changing fortune.
Online Lottery Ticket Sales Become Big Business in Michigan
The Wolverine State began selling tickets online via MichiganLottery.com in November of 2014.
Over the next two years, a pair of players pulled down $1 million jackpots courtesy of tickets purchased over the internet.
And in June of last year, 59-year old David Smith from Farmington Hills scored Michigan’s record-setting online lotto jackpot of $3 million while playing the Mega Millions game.
In a fortuitous twist of timing, the Pennsylvania Lottery began online ticket sales for nearly nationwide lottery games like Mega Millions and Powerball on January 17 – the same day Michigan’s big jackpot was triggered.
In a public statement on the launch of its “iLotto” program – which was legalized in late 2017 as part of a comprehensive statewide gambling expansion package – Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko explained the appeal of online purchase power:
“We are excited to announce that we are now selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets online.
Selling lottery online is a big part of our effort to appeal to new customers and meet our players where they already are – which is online.
This is an important step that will help us continue generating funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”