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Michigan Lottery: Woman wins $300K playing bingo game

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 13:13:14-05

(WXYZ) — An Ogemaw County woman turned a $20 prize into a $300,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery's Super Bingo game.

Irene Balfour, 63, bought her winning ticket at a Shell gas station at West Houghton Avenue in West Branch.

“I was cashing in a $20 winning ticket and I had been wanting to play this bingo game for a while” said the 63-year-old Balfour. “I bought the Super Bingo ticket and when I was walking to my car, I found a quarter on the ground that I picked up to use to scratch the ticket, which is now my lucky quarter."

I scratched off the first bingo row and was happy I won. I kept scratching and revealed a second and third bingo. After revealing the fourth, I knew I had won big. I told my husband: ‘We have to go to Lansing!’”

With her winnings, she plans to pay off her home and buy a new car.