Woman learned she won $5M Michigan lottery prize while scrolling through Facebook

Woman scrolling through Facebook learns she won $5M Michigan lottery prize

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan woman discovered she had won a $5 million lottery jackpot by scrolling through social media the night after the drawing.

The woman from Grand Rapids, who has requested anonymity, saw she had the winning numbers in the Nov. 20 Lotto 47 jackpot while looking through Facebook posts, WDIV reported.

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The woman bought the winning ticket at the D & W Fresh Market in Grand Rapids, the television station reported. The winning numbers were 17, 18, 24, 26, 35 and 40.

"The night after the drawing, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw a news station had posted that someone in Kent County won the big jackpot," the woman told Michigan Lottery officials. "I started reading the article and realized it was won at the same store where I'd purchased my ticket. I quickly pulled my ticket out to check my numbers and realized I was the big winner. I instantly felt numb."

The woman decided to take winnings in a one-time lump-sum payment of $3.2 million, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said she would use the cash to pay off debts, travel and put the rest into a savings account, the newspaper reported.

"Winning a prize like this feels incredible," the player told Michigan Lottery officials.