Oakland County woman wins $1M playing scratch-off ticket: ‘I thought I was seeing things’

Woman plans on paying bills and saving the rest of her winnings

Double Diamond winning ticket. (Michigan Lottery)

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – An Oakland County woman won $1 million on a $10 Double Diamond scratch-off ticket she purchased in Southfield.

The 59-year-old woman, who chose to remain anonymous, visited Michigan Lottery headquarters recently to claim her prize. She decided to take the money as a one-time lump sum payment of about $693,000 instead of 30 annuity payments for the full amount.

“I’ve been playing Double Diamond since it came out and have been very lucky on it, so I had a feeling I would win big,” she said. “I stopped and purchased some tickets in the morning and then put them in my purse to scratch when I got home later that day.”

She purchased her winning ticket at the Shell gas station at 24839 Greenfield Road in Southfield.

“I was sitting in my living room scratching my tickets that night, and I scratched this Double Diamond ticket last. When I revealed the $1 million prize, I jumped up and started hollering! I had my husband look the ticket over because I thought I was seeing things,” she said. “I recently retired, so this prize will provide a nice financial cushion for retirement.”

More than $24 million in Double Diamond prizes have been claimed since the game launched in August. Tickets cost $10 and players have a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million.

More than $28 million in prizes remain. There is one $1 million prize left, 11 $10,000 prizes, and 80 $2,000 prizes.

If you believe you have a gambling problem, you can call 800-270-7117 or text 248-648-3363 for confidential support.

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