Truck Driver Scores $4 Million Jackpot Ticket At Daily Delivery Stopby Jana Ritter - Published: 12/14/2017
Another hardworking truck driver has hit the jackpot after purchasing a winning lottery ticket at a stop along the daily delivery route he’s had for years. The Michigan driver was shocked to find out he had won anything - never mind the grand prize of $4 million.
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Mark Clark is a 47-year-old truck driver and family man from South Rockwood, MI who has been making daily deliveries to the 127 Party Store in Hudson for years. He said last Friday started out just like any other day on the job until he made his usual delivery to the store and decided to purchase a Michigan Lottery's Millionaire's Club instant game ticket. "I deliver fuel to the 127 Party Store every day, and on Friday I stopped to buy a Millionaire's Club ticket on my way out the door," said Clark. Little did he know that purchase was about to change his life.
"I always just scratch the bar code off and scan it to see if it's a winner. This time, the ticket said to see the clerk, so I handed it to the store's owner,” he explained. Clark said at that point he knew he’d won something but wasn’t expecting it to be that much never mind millions. "He scanned the ticket and told me I'd have to go to the Lottery to claim the prize. As we were talking, he scratched the rest of the ticket and then looked at me with a shocked look on his face and said: 'Mark, you just won $4 million!"
Shocked by the news, Clark said he simply carried on about his day not telling anyone until he returned his fuel truck back to the shop and went home. "I gathered my family in the house and called my aunt on the phone. When I told them all the good news, they couldn't believe it and were so happy for me. It's been an overwhelming experience."
On Wednesday the reality of his good fortune began to sink in when Clark showed up at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim his millions. He chose a one-time lump sum payment of $2.5 million rather than annual payments totaling $4 million and says he plans to buy new vehicles and a bass boat for himself and his son. He also plans on making this a memorable Christmas for everyone in his family and is saving the rest for retirement.
"Every time I start to talk about winning, I know if I don't laugh I'll cry because I'm so happy to have had such good fortune and to be able to retire securely someday and take care of my family," Clark said.