LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - A Lansing-area teenager who won a $500,000 jackpot on a scratch-off ticket says he's going to give away most of the money that he won - to his parents.
The 19-year-old spent $10 on a lottery ticket at a Williamstown, Michigan, Sunoco station. It turned out to be a $500,000 winner. For most 19-year-olds (or anyone for that matter) that's a life-changing amount of money. This will be a life-changing amount - for his parents.
"I stopped at the Sunoco for gas after giving a buddy of mine a ride and they had one Golden Wild Time ticket left, so I bought it," the teen told the Michigan Lottery. "I scratched 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."
The 19-year-old has chosen to remain anonymous.
On Friday, he claimed his prize and said he's going to keep a fraction of the winnings. He said he'll stash $5,000 to invest it and is giving the rest to his parents.
"My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine," he said.
The ticket, a Golden Wild Time ticket which was launched in August 2016, gives away prizes ranging from $10 to $500,000. There are still $18.5 million in prizes remaining in the game including 45 $10,000 prizes and 89 $1,000 prizes.