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Michigan man didn’t know he had winning lottery ticket — until 7-Eleven clerk called

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Talk about customer service. A 7-Eleven clerk in Saginaw recently called one of her customers to tell him he may have won a huge Michigan Lottery prize.

Richard Miller III, 47, of Saginaw has gotten to know the clerk during his stops to buy energy drinks when he also plays Lucky For Life for Life.

After the Feb. 24 drawing, the clerk at the store, located at 2032 Bay St., called Miller to tell him a winning ticket worth $25,000 a year for life had been sold at the location.

“I’ve become friends with one of the clerks there and she called me the morning after the drawing to tell me they sold the winning ticket and thought it was me,” Miller told the Michigan Lottery.

“I went to 7-Eleven to check my ticket and was amazed when I saw I really won! I was so close to winning $1,000 a day for life. The Lucky Ball drawn was 11, and I had that three times on my ticket. Winning $25,000 a year for life is great though!”

Miller’s ticket matched the five white balls drawn — 23-27-33-44-48.

Richard Miller III of Saginaw won $25,000 a year for life on a Lucky For Life ticket he purchased in February. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

Miller chose to receive annual payments of $25,000 a year for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

“I don’t know how to feel about winning yet. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights since I won, and I’m so glad to finally get this money in the bank”” Miller told the Michigan Lottery.

Richard Miller III of Saginaw just won $25,000 a year for life.

Michigan Lottery: Saginaw man wins $1M Powerball prize

Patience paid off – to the tune of $1 million – for a Saginaw man who regularly plays Powerball.

Richard Martinez, 72, matched the five white balls – 05-12-34-45-56 – in the Aug. 15 drawing to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 7970 Gratiot Road in Saginaw.

“I’ve played Powerball for years,” said Martinez. “I play just about every draw because you never know when you might win.

“When I found out I had won $1 million, I stayed pretty calm. I’m a Marine and I always stay pretty calm. Nothing good happens when you get too excited.”

Martinez visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to share with his family.

“It’s a great feeling to know I can help my three kids get out of debt,” Martinez said.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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