David Marsh of Plainwell

Plainwell man wins Lucky For Life

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

A Plainwell man finally can spend some money on himself after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

David Marsh matched the five white balls drawn April 16 (09-11-26-33-38) to win the big prize. Marsh is the 20th winner of a Lucky For Life lifetime prize in Michigan.

“I was just stunned when I checked my ticket,” said the 62-year-old Marsh. “I raised four kids on my own, and then took care of my aging parents, so I’ve never really had much for myself.

“I work third shift and bought my ticket on the way home from work. While I was at work, I called the Lottery hotline at about 2 a.m. to get the numbers. When I saw I matched five of them on my ticket, I called the hotline again to make sure I had written them down right.”

Marsh works in a stockroom at the JBS beef processing facility and bought the winning ticket number at the Meijer courtesy desk, he said.

“I play different games on different days of the week,” he said. “I won $500 once but it’s usually not very much—just enough to keep playing.”

Marsh visited Lottery headquarters on Monday, April 23, to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000 rather than annual payments for $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

Marsh said with this prize, he did not have the option of remaining anonymous so he might as well bask in the glory for a moment.

With his winnings, Marsh said it’s a little early to decide but he hopes to buy a small home, share with his family, and then invest the remainder.

“Winning this means I can relax a little, maybe work part time, and spend more time with my family,” Marsh said.

He has 13 grandchildren.

For $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life.

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