A Michigan woman says she stared at her instant ticket for an hour before finally believing that she'd won a life-changing amount of money.

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The 41-year-old woman from Oakland County won $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery's 'Ghostbusters' instant scratch off ticket.

The player, who has chosen to remain anonymous, tells the Michigan Lottery that she doesn't buy instant tickets very often, but decided to give it a try when she saw the Ghostbusters-themed ticket while shopping at the Special Way Food Store in Pontiac.

Total Disbelief

After playing the ticket, the woman says she couldn't believe what she was seeing.

When I scratched the ticket and saw I’d won $500,000, I read the directions over and over again and looked the ticket over for at least an hour," she said. "I knew what I was seeing, but I had a hard time believing it."

The woman says she then drove to a nearby lottery office to have them check the ticket.

"The Lottery employee scanned the ticket and said, 'You need to take this one to Lansing!' It was such an amazing feeling."


A New Beginning

After the news finally sank in, the woman told the Lottery that she plans to use her winnings to pay bills, help her family, and save the rest.

"Winning this prize is the start of a new beginning for me and my family," she said.


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