Benzie County man wins $300,000 in Lottery’s Peppermint Payout

Shane Gustafson, 48, of Benzie County, recently won a huge prize from the lottery. (Courtesy Photo)

BENZIE COUNY — A lucky feeling led a Benzie County man to win a $300,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Peppermint Payout instant game.

Shane Gustafson, 48, bought the winning ticket at the Food Castle of Grand Blanc, located at 3035 East Grand Blanc Road in Grand Blanc.

“My wife and I were buying groceries and I was thinking about buying a Peppermint Payout ticket, but didn’t,” said Gustafson. “When we got to the car, something told me to go back in and buy a ticket and I’m really glad I did. Winning will make our life easier. We’re looking forward to paying off our debt and taking a nice vacation.”

Gustafson visited Lottery headquarters on Wednesday to claim his big prize.

Players have won more than $12 million playing Peppermint Payout, which launched in October. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $4 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize and two $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million 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.

In the 2018 fiscal year, the Lottery provided more than $941.2 million for Michigan’s public schools, its fourth record contribution in row.

Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $22 billion to support public education in Michigan.

For additional information, follow the Michigan Lottery on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online at www.michiganlottery.com.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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