A Michigan woman went from winning $1,000 on a Michigan Lottery Scratch-off ticket to winning $500,000 overnight.

One Word Short of a Big Win

The 68-year-old woman from Tuscola County scratched her way to a $1,000 win on a Luxury Cashword instant ticket. She tells the Michigan Lottery that she showed the winning ticket to her husband who pointed out that she was just one word from winning a much bigger prize.

“I have been playing Cashword games for years, and Luxury Cashword is one of my favorites,” said the player. “I finished scratching the ticket and thought I revealed nine words for a $1,000 prize. I showed my husband and he said: ‘If only you had one more word, you would have won $500,000!’"


The Ticket Looked Different the Next Day

The following day, the woman took a second look at her ticket and discovered something big.

“The next day I looked the ticket over again, and that’s when I found the tenth word. I showed my husband, and we were both in shock! I got in my car and drove straight to the Lottery office to have them look the ticket over and confirm my win.”

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The shocked player went on to tell the lottery that she's still having a hard time believing her win is real.

Putting the Money to Good Use

With her $500,000 jackpot, she plans to pay some bills, buy new furniture, invest, and save the rest.

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