The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Allways Gas, located at 125 South Merriman Road in Westland.
“I asked the clerk for a $10 Cash For Life ticket and when he pulled it, it fell on the floor,” said the player. “He handed it to me and said: ‘This is going to be a winner.’ Boy, was he right.
“I scratched the ticket when I got home and in the third spot, I saw letters. My jaw hit the floor, and I haven’t been able to pick it up since.”
The 42-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He chose to accept his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $5.5 million rather than annual payments of $260,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.
With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, buy a new home and then invest the remainder.
“It’s a great feeling to know I can live comfortably, take care of my kids, and worry a whole lot less,” the player said.
Players have won more than $14 million playing $5,000 a Week Cash For Life, which launched in July. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 a week for life. More than $51 million in prizes remain, including two $5,000 a week for life prizes and nine $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.