Macomb Nurse Wins $4M on scratch-off lottery

A Tatts Group Ltd. Instant Scratch-It scratchcard is displayed at a newsagent's store in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. A consortium including Morgan Stanley and KKR & Co. offered as much as A$7.3 billion ($5.5 billion) for Australian betting and lotteries business Tatts Group, setting up a potential bidding war with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Macomb County nurse who became an instant millionaire with a winning scratch-off Michigan lottery ticket says she is not quitting her job, but she will cut back her hours.

“I scratched the ticket in the store and I was floored,” the player said in a news release from the Lottery Bureau. “I screamed a few choice words that got the clerk’s attention and she asked what I’d won. She didn’t believe me until she looked at the ticket herself.”

After tucking the ticket away for safekeeping, the player shared the good news with her family and a few close friends, including her boss, according to the news release. She claimed her winnings on Monday, choosing to receive her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million rather than an annuity

“I’ve been a nurse for 28 years, and I’ve always worked a lot of overtime at more than one job,” the nurse was quoted as saying. “We’ve been really short staffed lately, so when I told my boss she was afraid that I was going to retire. I told her that I am not planning to retire, but I am cutting my hours back.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever worked just a 40-hour week, so working just 40 hours at one job will feel like retirement to me!”


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