NORTH BRANCH – A 78-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Tuscola County sailed to his second big Michigan Lottery prize in three years after buying a Lotto 47 ticket near here, winning the $1.1 million jackpot in the March 30 drawing.
The lucky vet, who chose to remain anonymous, won a $100,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot in 2014. He won the $1.1 million after buying the winning ticket at M & N Market at 5947 N. Lapeer Rd. (M-24) near North Branch in Lapeer County.
The player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his latest prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $698,000 rather than as an annuity. He said he plans to buy a new vehicle and to help his children and grandchildren.
Each Lotto 47 play costs $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and growing until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.
The lucky winner collected the March 30 jackpot after matching all six numbers in that drawing: 3, 8, 10, 12, 22 and 28.
Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m., and tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.