Michigan man was ignorant of his $3.39 million winning ticket for weeks


An unnamed man from Michigan was not aware that he had won a $3.39 million lottery jackpot for weeks.

The 45-year-old from Battle Creek is a regular player who buys $1 Lotto 47 tickets. He matched all five numbers in the winning drawing, which included 4, 6, 11, 17, 23 and 31.

“I play Lotto 47 regularly and always buy one ticket for the drawing. Store clerks usually say, ‘Just one?’ and I always tell them, ‘It only takes one to win,'” the man told lottery officials.

“I didn’t realize I had won for a couple of weeks. I stack my tickets up and then my wife scans them on the app to see if we won. When she scanned this ticket, she told me we’d won but I was certain she was just joking with me. When she started crying, I knew it wasn’t a joke at all,” he continued.

The man choose to receive his winnings as a lump-sum payment of about $2.3 million. He said for now he will put the money in the bank and let the win sink in.

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