LANSING, Mich. - A Niles man is looking forward to being "out of debt" after winning a $208,225 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.
Stanley Bolle, 59, was one of two players who matched the numbers drawn on June 20 -- 05-12-16-27-37 -- to split a $416,450 prize.
He bought his winning ticket at the Phillips 66 gas station at 2326 South 11th Street in Niles.
"I stop twice a week to buy lottery tickets on my way home from work, and I happened to stop last Tuesday," Bolle said. "I get up pretty early for work, so I checked my ticket online right before bed around 8 p.m. that night. When I say I had three numbers I got pretty excited. When I saw I matched all five I could barely move."
After seeing he'd won a Fantasy 5 jackpot, Bolle went to share the good news with his wife of 39 years, Rita.
"When Stanley came to tell me he’d won I kept thinking, 'Why is he getting so excited over a few bucks?'" Rita Bolle said. "When I saw how much he'd really won, I couldn't believe it. I was so happy."
The Bolles visited lottery headquarters Monday to collect the jackpot. With his winnings, Bolle plans to pay bills, complete some home repairs and take his wife on a trip.
"I'm really looking forward to being out of debt, but my wife and I never had a real honeymoon so I can't wait to take her on a trip," Bolle said.
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