DETROIT — A Detroit woman was pleased that she won $1,000 playing a lottery scratch-off game. She was wrong, but certainly not disappointed -- the 86-year-old woman actually pocketed $500,000.
The woman was a big winner in the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword instant game, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at One Stop Liquor Store in Detroit, according to a Michigan Lottery news release.
“I like to play a variety of instant tickets,” the woman told lottery officials. “I saw the Triple Bonus Cashword ticket while I was at the store and decided to give it a try.
“I thought I’d won $1,000, so I took it to a retailer to confirm. When they told me it was a $500,000 winner, I almost fainted. I couldn’t believe it.”
The woman plans to pay bills and save the remainder.
“This might be a $500,000 prize, but to me, it feels like $1 million after the financial struggles I’ve faced,” the woman told lottery officials.