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Monroe man, 75, wins $2.5 million playing Lotto

The Detroit News
A Michigan 47 lotto ticket worth $2.5 million was sold in Monroe, lottery officials said.

A Lotto 47 player who partook in Saturday's drawing is now $2.5 million richer, and the winning ticket was sold at a Monroe County bar, the Michigan Lottery system announced Monday.

On Wednesday, the winner was identified as a 75-year-old Monroe man, who declined to be named. 

The winner found out he won Monday when he checked his tickets during a trip to the grocery store.

"When I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket," the man told the Michigan Lottery, "I got a message to see the retailer. The clerk printed off the numbers and we both looked over my ticket. She told me I'd won the jackpot," he said.

He celebrated the win in a unique way, writing out the $2.5 million in long form, so he could see every zero. 

"When I got home, I kept writing '$2,500,000' down on a piece of paper because I just couldn't believe I'd win so much, and I wanted to see what it felt like to write such a huge number," he told the lotto system. 

After a visit to Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing, the man chose to accept his winnings in a lump sum, and was handed a check for about $1.6 million. He says he'll use the money to share with loved ones and to take a vacation.

The winning draw was 02-16-23-26-39-41, according to a statement from the state lottery department. It was bought at the Uptown Bar on West Front Street in Monroe.

The winner will have a year from the date of Saturday's drawing to cash in the winning ticket, and can arrange to do so by calling the lotto office at (517) 373-1237.

The Lotto 47 game requires players to choose six numbers, from 1 to 47. The jackpot starts at $1 million and grows until there's a winner.