(WWJ) He may very well be the luckiest man in Southeast Michigan.
Mark Clark, of South Rockwood in Monroe County, has won a second $4 million prize on a Michigan Lottery instant game.
The 50-year-old lottery player is just as suprised about his good luck as anyone else.
"You don't think you'll win millions once, and you definitely never think it would happen twice. It's hard to put into words exactly what I am feeling," Clark said. "I scratched the ticket off in the store with a coin my dad gave me about 10 years ago. We lost him about a year ago after some health struggles, and I can't help but think maybe that lucky coin helped me win this.
"After the first win, I retired from my job and spent a lot of time fishing. My dad and I always used to fish together and have great memories of that, so this will help me keep fishing and enjoying time with my son and family."
Clark, who recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize, chose a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount.
"I've had a lot of ups and a lot of downs in my life, but everything is pretty amazing right now," Clark said.
The Michigan Lottery says players have won more than $169 million playing $150,000,000 Payout, which launched in February 2018. Each $30 ticket offered players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.
About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
Remember, never gamble more than you can afford to lose. Facing a gambling problem can be an overwhelming experience, and those who get in over their heads feel like there is no way out. If you need help, call The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-270-7117.