I think the most I’ve ever won from the lottery is around $200 but I can still recall feeling like I’d just hit the jackpot. I was young and it was from a scratch-off ticket my mom gave me to occupy me on a road trip so that $200 felt like a million.
I can only imagine the euphoria of winning $5,000 has to be similar to what I felt but exponentially more. Like hitting your first major slot machine jackpot in Las Vegas and hearing the machine’s bells and alarms go wild. Then tack on a million bucks later in the day in ANOTHER jackpot win and we’re starting to approach the levels of elation this guy in Michigan must’ve been feeling.
The Jackson County, Michigan man says it was a ‘hot streak’. He told reporters that he was still feeling lucky AF after winning $5,000 on a Super Bonus Cashword scratch-off ticket. I’ve never won more than $50 on any of the Cashword tickets. They’re great because they keep you busy for a long time. They offer a lot of ‘gameplay’, but either they don’t payout much or I have dismal luck when it comes to the Cashwords.
So after feeling ‘pretty lucky’ the 24-year-old went out and won the $1 million grand prize on a Ruby Mine scratch-off ticket.
“I had won $5,000 on a Super Bonus Cashword ticket last week, and I was still feeling pretty lucky,” said the 24-year-old player. “Later that night, I bought a couple Ruby Mine tickets and hit $1 million!”
The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home, a new car, and then share with his parents.
— Michigan Lottery (@MILottery) October 12, 2020
The $10 Ruby Mine scratch-off tickets were launched in August 2020 and already players have won more than $16 million playing Ruby Mine and according to MI Lottery Connect there are still $31 million in prizes out there waiting to be paid out including two more grand prizes of $1 million, 14 prizes of $20K, and 81 prizes of $2k.
This stupid pandemic has really put a damper on my scratch-off playing. It’s not that I’ve ever been an avid scratcher or whatever they call themselves it’s just these days I’m never going inside the gas station like I used to. I pay at the pump and never go inside which limits my windows to buy scratch-off tickets on the fly.
I can’t help but wonder what a ‘hot streak’ feeling like this will do to someone in the longterm. Will they forever be chasing that high of winning the lottery twice in one day or will they be able to recognize that this was a completely freak occurrence and all of that money should go towards retirement savings???