Genesee County woman can’t stop crying after winning $1.25M

Genesee County woman can’t stop crying after winning $1.25M
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(WWJ) A 71-year-old Michigan woman buys a Lotto 47 ticket for every drawing, and it finally paid off in a big way.

The Genesee County resident, who chose to remain anonymous, said she's been crying happy tears since learning that she won a $1.25 million jackpot.

According to officials with the Michigan Lottery, the lucky player matched the winning Lotto 47 numbers drawn Feb. 9: 03-04-12-13-34-42.

She bought the winning ticket at Big Star Market, on Detroit Street in Flint.

“I checked my ticket the morning after the drawing and started hollering when I realized I had won! It startled my husband, and he came in the room wondering what was wrong. I could barely get my words out to tell him that I’d won the Lottery!" the woman said.

“When I called my sister to tell her the good news, the tears wouldn’t stop flowing. It was a beautiful feeling.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim her prize. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $866,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount.

With her winnings, she plans to pay bills, help her family and remodel her home.

Each Lotto 47 play is $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at a retailer or online at

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