Winner, winner, chicken dinner

Second Lake County resident claims lotto jackpot

Gerald Carrig, of Irons, recently claimed his $1 million prize after matching five white balls in the Jan. 29 Mega Millions drawing. (Courtesy/Michigan Lottery)

Gerald Carrig, of Irons, recently claimed his $1 million prize after matching five white balls in the Jan. 29 Mega Millions drawing. (Courtesy/Michigan Lottery)

IRONS — A second Lake County resident has hit the jackpot with a ticket purchased in January.

Gerald Carrig, of Irons, recently claimed his $1 million prize after matching five white balls in the Jan. 29 Mega Millions drawing.

“I bought some Mega Millions tickets and forgot about them,” Carrig said. “I saw them sitting on my desk one day and decided to check them. I saw I had matched the first number and then kept matching more. When I realized I’d won $1 million, I about had a heart attack!”

Carrig’s jackpot follows news of another Lake County resident who won $839,125 in Michigan Lottery’s Doubler Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash game Jan. 20.

“When I looked at my ticket and saw I had won, all I could say was: ‘Are you kidding me?’” the player, who chose to remain anonymous, said in a news release March 11.

While both winners reside in Lake County, they bought their winning tickets at separate places. According to separate news releases, Carrig bought his winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, at 3900 West US Highway 10 in Ludington, while the anonymous player’s ticket was bought at Luther Grocery, 213 State Street in Luther.

The wins are the latest in a string of cash prizes tied to Lake County, according to data from michiganlottery.com.

Other winning tickets worth $25,000 or more sold at Lake County establishments since 2010 include:

• Wesco, 777 Michigan Ave, Baldwin: $30,000 on June 23, 2020, $30 Grand Wild Time.

• Copeland E-Z Mart, 4210 M-37, Baldwin: $300,000 on June 9, 2020, $300 Grand Wild Time.

• Branch Grocery, 9455 US-10, Branch Township: $264,584 on June 2, 2017, Fantasy 5.

• Wesco, 777 Michigan Ave, Baldwin: $73,978 on April 2, 2016, Club Keno.

• Club 37, 3803 M-37, Baldwin: $57,200 on Sept. 14, 2010, Club Keno.

• Government Lake Lodge, 4953 S. M-37, Baldwin: $67,025 on June 29, 2010, Club Keno.

As for Carrig, the 73-year-old plans to use his winnings to pay for his new home and help his family.

“It feels unreal to win a $1 million prize, I still can’t believe it,” he said.