MICHIGAN – Some who fantasize about winning the lottery often picture themselves jet-setting to exotic locations across the world or owning an array of luxurious sports cars. But for one Michigan teen, they plan on doing something different: giving most of his winnings to his parents.
The 19-year-old won the $500,000 prize on the Michigan Lottery’s Golden Wild Time scratch-off game. He told lottery officials of his plans when claiming his winnings on Friday.
“I’m going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I’m going to give the rest to my parents,” the teen said, according to the Michigan Lottery. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”
He said of his big win, “it’s just incredible, I can’t get the smile off of my face.”
The Michigan teenager isn’t the only young person who’s won a major lottery prize recently. A 19-year-old in Florida also won a $500,000 prize off a scratch-off game.