A Michigan Lottery player has won a $261,935 progressive prize jackpot, but it took some persuading to convince the man that he wasn't being spammed by the Michigan Lottery.

Man Nearly Misses Out on Huge Lottery Jackpot

The 62-year-old player from Macomb County won the jackpot after his entry was selected in a random drawing by the Michigan Lottery that took place last month on March 8.

The Michigan Lottery tried to contact the man several times to inform him that he'd won, but they were unsuccessful. Finally, they resorted to snail mail to inform the player that he had won.

“I knew that by playing the Monthly Jackpot games, I was earning entries into a second chance drawing, but I never expected to win,” said the player. “I got a letter in the mail from the Lottery informing me that they had been trying to reach me regarding a $261,935 Monthly Jackpot Progressive prize I had won. I freaked out when I saw how much I’d won, but I was a little hesitant on if it was real.

The man then pored through his email and missed calls and learned that the lottery had indeed been trying to contact him. He also learned that the deadline to submit his paperwork was the following day.

 "I called the Lottery right away and got my paperwork in so that I wouldn’t miss out on the prize. I am so relieved I received the letter and was able to claim my winnings!”

The player says he plans to save his winnings and will now be able to retire earlier than he expected.

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