I've Been Playing The Lotto 47 For Years Says Michigan Woman, And It Paid Off: $4.5 Million

The lucky player bought her winning ticket at this CVS Pharmacy on Schoenherr Road in Sterling Heights.

It took a few years, but for one Macomb County player the result was worth the wait.

She won $4.7 million on the Michigan Lottery in the Lotto 47 game last Wednesday. 

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night – 10-19-28-41-43-44 – to win the big prize.

The biggest Lotto 47 prize of $13.1 million was sold by the DerMiners in July 2015.

She bought her winning ticket at the CVS Pharmacy on Schoenherr Road at Canal Road in Sterling Heights.

“I’ve been buying Lottery tickets at the CVS for years, and can’t believe I finally got a jackpot winner,” the woman said in a statement.

“Each day on a break from work, my friend and I would go to the CVS to purchase tickets. We’d always talk about what would happen if we got a huge winner. Now it’s time to make those things happen.”

The player realized she was the jackpot winner on Thursday afternoon during her usual trip to CVS to purchase tickets.

Players wait in line to play a Michigan Lottery game in Alpine Township. PHOTO: mLive

“We went to the store on our break like we always do,” she said . “I scanned a few tickets from my purse, and when I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket the machine said to see the clerk."

"I gave the clerk the ticket to scan and she said I needed to call the Lottery. That’s when I knew I had something.

The woman said when she realized her tickets matched all six numbers, she started screaming, crying and celebrating with her friend.

Once they left the CVS, the woman called her husband to tell him they had just become millionaires.


“He thought I was kidding,” she said. “He asked what my numbers were and he went online to check them on the Lottery’s website. When he realized we had won $4.5 million he was in shock.”

The woman chose to receive her jackpot prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.9 million rather than an annuity.

With her winnings, the woman plans to pay off her family’s bills, pay for college for her children, and take a family vacation.

“Winning the jackpot has been absolutely crazy, I think I’ve been shaking ever since I found out I won."

"We have three college-aged children, and knowing that we can pay for their education expenses without sinking into debt is such a burden lifted off our shoulders,” she said.

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