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Canton family claims $25K a year for life Michigan lottery prize in nick of time

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 16:05:20-05

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Canton family got a great start to the new year!

The Hissom Family lottery club claimed a $25,000 a year Lucky For Life prize just before it was set to expire Wednesday.

The club matched all five white balls -- 15-18-25-31-35 -- in the Jan. 1, 2018 drawing. They bought the winning ticket at the Picnic Basket on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth.

“I buy tickets every week for Lucky For Life and after I check them, I tuck them away if they aren’t winners,” said 84-year-old Robert Hissom. “I saw a story on the news about a ticket sold at the Picnic Basket about to expire, so I went back to check my old tickets and found the winner. “Our family has been playing the Lottery for 33 years, and my late wife set up a lottery club for all of us years ago in case we ever won big. I feel like she had a hand in all of us winning this prize. It was just perfect! My son, who lives out of state, was even home to collect his winnings with us!”

The family decided to claim their prize as a one-time payment of $390,000.

“It’s gratifying to win after so many years. Being able to share this with my son and daughter is such a wonderful feeling,” Hissom said.