Michigan man wins $500k on scratch-off lottery ticket

A Michigan man won a $500,000 prize in Michigan Lottery's Black Pearls instant game.

A Michigan man won a $500,000 prize in Michigan Lottery's Black Pearls instant game.

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A Michigan man is richer today after scratching his way to $500,000 prize in Michigan Lottery's Black Pearls instant game.

“I purchased a Black Pearls ticket while I was at the store and scratched it when I got in my car,” said the player in a Michigan Lottery press release. “When I saw I’d won $500,000, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I tried calming myself down, but I was shaking the whole way home. I still can’t believe it’s real!”

The 38-year-old player, who remained anonymous, purchased his ticket in Battle Creek.

The man visited the lottery headquarters to claim his prize, and informed officials he planned to purchase a home with his winnings.

Black Pearls is one of the newer scratch-off games from the Michigan Lottery. The game launched in August with a purchase price of $5 and boasts prizes ranging from $5 to $500,000. According to the Michigan Lottery, more than $24 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes and eight $2,000 prizes.