Wayne Co. man wins $1K a week for life playing Michigan Lottery instant game

Posted at 5:59 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 08:22:20-04

A Wayne County man and his wife won $1,000 a week for life playing the Michigan Lottery's Win For Life instant game.

The lucky player bought the winning ticket at Bottles N Stuff located at 15365 Newburgh Rd. in Livonia.

"My wife and I made a last-second decision to stop for Mega Millions tickets," said the player. "While I was inside buying those, I asked the clerk what $2 instant tickets he had that were lucky. He suggested the Win For Life game, so I bought 10."

"When we got home my wife and I started scratching. I looked over at her at one point and she was white as a ghost. She kept repeating: 'We won for life!' At first I didn't believe her, but then I noticed she was shaking and I knew we won something big."

The 50-year-old player chose to receive the prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.1 million rather than annual payments of $52,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. With his winnings, the player plans to buy a fishing boat, help family and save the rest for retirement.