Lottery Win Brings an Early Christmas to Van Buren County Player

If only it would work this way every time. A Van Buren County man picked up an early Christmas gift in the form of a $300,000 lottery win while playing the Michigan Lottery’s Super Bingo instant game, by asking a store clerk for a big winner.

He ascribes to the “Ask and you shall receive,” method. At least that’s what happened for him when he stopped off to get a couple of instant game tickets.

The man, who elected to remain anonymous, as is offered by the lottery bureau, says, “I stopped to buy a couple Lottery tickets and asked for a big winner.” He adds, “The clerk said: ‘There’s only three of these left.’ Then she handed me three Super Bingo tickets.”

He continues the story, saying, “I scratched the tickets off when I got home, and the $300,000 winner was the last one I scratched. I started crying tears of joy and then ran to my neighbor’s house to tell him the good news!”

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The player bought his winning ticket at Halftime Food and Beverage, located at 144 North Main Street in Lawton.

The 62-year old player admits, “Winning is a wonderful feeling,” and says, “I am going to be able to share this with my two kids to make their lives a litter easier, and I can finally do a few things to my house that I have been wondering how I’d pay for them.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize.

Players have won more than $22 million playing Super Bingo, which launched in October of 2018. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $3 million in prizes remain, including two $10,000 prizes and 12 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games can be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

About 97-cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers.

In the 2018 fiscal year, the Lottery provided more than $941.3 million for Michigan’s public schools, its fourth record contribution in a row. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $22 billion to support public education in Michigan. For additional information, you can follow the Michigan Lottery on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online at