Michigan Lottery: 38-year-old man wins $500K on scratch off ticket

Ticket bought in Battle Creek

Calhoun County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Black Pearls Instant Game (Michigan Lottery)

A Calhoun County man couldn’t stop shaking after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Black Pearls instant game.

The lucky 38-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket at the Columbia C-Store, located at 1265 Columbia Avenue East in Battle Creek.

“I purchased a Black Pearls ticket while I was at the store and scratched it when I got in my car,” said the player. “When I saw I’d won $500,000, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I tried calming myself down, but I was shaking the whole way home. I still can’t believe it’s real!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a home.

Players have won more than $7 million playing Black Pearls which launched in August. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $24 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and eight $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games.

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