Mich. teenager wins $500,000 lottery, will give most of winnings to his parents

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan teenager who won $500,000 in an instant lottery game plans to give away most of his winnings, state lottery officials said.

The 19-year-old man, who claimed his prize on Friday and asked to remain anonymous, told lottery officials he planned to invest $5,000 of the prize money and give the rest to his parents.

"My parents have done so much for my sister and me," he said, in a lottery bureau release. "Helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine."

The man bought the ticket at a Sunoco gas station outside of Lansing. He said he bought the only remaining Golden Wild Time ticket and scratched it off in the store.

" ... At first, I thought they were playing a trick on me until I saw how excited they were about the ticket," he said.

The Golden Wild Time game was launched in August. Tickets are $10 each. More than $18.5 million in prizes remained on Friday, including 45 $10,000 prizes, lottery officials said.

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MI teen lottery winner giving most of $500K to parents

A Michigan teenager who hit a $500,000 jackpot is giving nearly all of it to his parents.

The 19-year-old from Ingham County won the prize playing the Golden Wild Time instant game. He purchased the winning ticket at a Sunoco gas station in Williamston.

“I scratched (it) off in the store and at first I thought they were playing a trick on me until I saw how excited they were about the ticket,” he said in a Friday news release from the Michigan Lottery. “It’s just incredible, I can’t get the smile off of my face.”

The lucky player visited the lottery headquarters in Lansing Friday to claim his prize and share his plans for the money.

“I’m going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I’m going to give the rest to my parents,” said the player. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”

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