A Dearborn Heights man is feeling a chill after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Ice Cold Cash instant game.
The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Dearborn Heights Liquor, 25322 W. Warren Ave. in Dearborn Heights.
The player visited Lottery headquarters Dec. 28 to claim the prize. The winner, an aspiring chef, plans to pay off his home and student loans, and invest the rest in opening his own restaurant.
Players have won nearly $3.3 million playing Ice Cold Cash, which launched in December. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 to $500,000. Nearly $8.8 million in prizes remain, including one $500,000 top prize, and four $1,000 prizes.
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 retailers. In the 2014 fiscal year, the Lottery’s contribution to Michigan’s public schools was $742.8 million.
Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed nearly $19 billion to education in Michigan.