ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – A Saint Clair County man said he was numb after winning $1 million playing Mega Millions.
James Decker, 81, of Harsens Island, matched the five white balls drawn -- 05-39-54-63-66 -- in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought the winning ticket at the Anchor Bay Market, located at 7205 Dyke Road in Algonac.
"I checked my ticket on Saturday morning, and thought, 'No, this can’t be real,'" Decker said. "I didn't tell anyone because I didn't think it was real. It wasn't until I started researching online where the $1 million winning ticket was bought that I started to believe I was the winner.”
Decker has been buying his lottery tickets at the Anchor Bay Market for years and has built a friendship with the store’s owner.
"I've always told him that if I win the jackpot, I'd put his kids through college," Decker said. "When I walked into the store yesterday, he had a big smile on his face and said, 'It’s you, isn’t it?' I told him that I couldn't put his kids through college, but that I’d give him a nice bonus after I claimed the big prize."
Decker visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his $1 million.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all of the money," Decker said. "I've honestly been trying not to think about winning because it’s so overwhelming."