“When I wanted to purchase my Super Millions ticket, the worker stated he’d inadvertently published a simple pick for another participant (for a child) who did not need the ticket, and questioned whether I needed another ticket or basically desired to purchase it,” said Hopper. “I chose to purchase the easy ticket that had been already published for a child. I’m happy I did so.”
Richard Hopper Sr., 69, matched the five white balls drawn — 18, 41, 50, 68, and 70 — in the attracting to earn the 1-million-dollar reward on Friday. He acquired his winning ticket in the Dawn Sunset Celebration Shop, situated at 1009 Huntly Road in Niles.
Thursday morning while Hopper checked his citation, he believed he’d won $100,000.
“When I was looking at the numbers, I recall thinking ‘son, these look not strange,'” said Hopper. “At first I thought I had won $100,000 once I found out I’d truly won $1 million and that I was pleasantly surprised.
Hopper visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Saturday to assert his prize. With his earnings, he plans to settle expenses and save the remaining to get a stormy morning.
“It was absolutely the longest weekend I have ever endured.”