Bad Ax’s Lawrence Talaski Wins $146,000 Fantasy 5 Lottery Jackpot

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A Huron County man was in disbelief when he found out he was the winner of a $145,778 prize. Michigan Lottery Fantasy 5 Jackpot. Bad Axe’s Lawrence Talaski matched Fantasy 5 numbers in the July 5 draw to win the big prize.

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A Huron County man couldn’t believe his eyes when he found out he was the winner of a $145,778 Michigan Lottery Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Bad Axe’s Lawrence Talaski matched Fantasy 5 numbers in the July 5 draw to win the big prize. His winning numbers were 09-18-20-22-34.

Talaski purchased the winning ticket at Rick’s and Nick’s Party Store on Thompson Road in Bad Axe.

“I play Fantasy 5 a few times a week and always buy my tickets from the same store,” Talaski said. “The day after the draw, I logged into the Lottery (phone) app to check the winning numbers. I saw the jackpot was down to $100,000 and I thought, ‘Kill someone one won it.”

“I scanned my ticket on the app to see if I had won anything. When confetti appeared on the screen with the jackpot amount, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that I was the big winner.”

Talaski, 71, recently went to the lottery headquarters to claim the jackpot. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, do home renovations and donate to a few organizations.

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