On a day when most of us were eating turkey and having 'spirited conversations' with extended family members, a Clarkston man gave thanks to the Michigan Lottery.

Bruce Quigley cashed in on Turkey Day, matching the five white balls in the Michigan Lottery's Lucky For Life game, and winning the game's top prize of $25,000 per year for life.

The Best Thanksgiving and Black Friday Ever

Quigley tells the Michigan Lottery he was having coffee with his wife Friday morning (11/24) when he checked his email and saw an email from the Michigan Lottery. Quigley said it was a type of email he'd never seen before and it made him a little suspicious.

"I logged in to my Lottery account and saw $390,000 pending, but I wasn’t sure how I had won it, so I thought it was some sort of joke. I told my wife, 'I think we may have won the Lottery, but I’m not sure,'" he said. "After looking around on the website, I realized I had won $25,000 a year for life on Lucky for Life and that’s when I said to my wife, ‘We really did win the Lottery!'"

Quigley has a Lucky for Life online subscription so he automatically purchases tickets online regularly.

A Big Cushion for Retirement

Quigley opted to collect a lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than an annuity payment of $25,000 per year for life or 20 years, whichever is greater.

"Winning this prize provides a nice financial cushion for retirement, and I feel very grateful to have won," he said. "It was the best Thanksgiving ever."


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