Michigan Man Wins $17M Lotto Jackpot, Has Choice Of Annuity Or Lump Sum

(insurance news net) A Michigan man, who almost forgot to buy his weekly Lotto 47 ticket, is probably very relieved he realized his mistake.

The 57-year-old from Ogemaw County in northern Michigan recently won $17 million on the ticket he ended up buying the next day, according to the Michigan Lottery.

"I usually buy a Lotto 47 ticket every Friday along with a Mega Millions ticket," the man, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Michigan Lottery. "For whatever reason, I forgot to get the Lotto 47 ticket, so Saturday morning I was on my way by the party store and decided to stop and play my numbers."

His ticket matched all six numbers drawn Aug. 24 -- 05-15-21-28-38-43.

"I got up Sunday and checked my ticket with my phone," he told the Michigan Lottery. "As soon as I realized I'd matched all six numbers all I could say was: 'Oh my God!'"

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He purchased his ticket at the Checkered Flag Party Store located at 2015 South M-33 in West Branch and opted for a one-time lump sum of about $10.8 million, rather than 30 annuity payments of the full amount.

With the money, he plans to buy a new house and save the rest.

"Winning brings a lot of financial relief, but also a lot of responsibility. I'm going to be smart with this money so it lasts for my family," he told the Michigan Lottery.


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