Ann Arbor area market searching for $105,000 lottery winner
The odds of winning Michigan’s Fantasy 5 Lottery jackpot are 1 in 575,757.
But one lucky - and possibly unaware - player in the Ann Arbor area beat the odds this week.
Out of 18 Fantasy 5 tickets sold at Tippins Market on Ann Arbor-Saline Road for the Feb. 22 drawing, one was for the jackpot: $105,000.
That money, said Tippins Market employee Dominic Aprea, has yet to be claimed at the lottery headquarters in Lansing. Now, Aprea is searching for the winner.
“I guess sometimes people don’t claim their winning tickets, but that seems to crazy to me. People play for fun and sometimes don’t even realize they win," Aprea said.
Aprea has printed out fliers and posted them around the specialty wine and foods store in the hope that the winning customer will step forward. The Lodi Township store has never sold a jackpot ticket before, he said.
“I don’t think people expect to win, so to actually have a winner is really exciting for whoever it might be,” he said.
Fantasy 5 tickets cost $1 each, and the jackpot is $100,000 for matching five numbers on the ticket to the drawing. It increases daily by at least $5,000 until someone gets a full match. The winning ticket for Feb. 22, according to the state lottery website, is 01-11-14-20-25.
Unclaimed prizes for Michigan online lottery tickets are valid for one year after the draw date. If no one comes forward, the prize money is transferred to the state School Aid Fund.