Mark Clark thinks his father’s lucky coin may have scratched him a second huge lottery win, but one thing’s sure: He’s had enough luck for two lifetimes.
SOUTH ROCKWOOD, MI — How does he do it? For the second time, a southeastern Michigan man has won a $4 million lottery game, officials said Monday.
Mark Clark of South Rockwood scratched a ticket with a coin that was given to him by his late father about 10 years ago. They often fished together after Clark won a different $4 million instant game in 2017.
“You don’t think you’ll win millions once, and you definitely never think it would happen twice,” Clark, 50, said in a statement released by the Michigan Lottery. “It’s hard to put into words exactly what I am feeling. … I can’t help but think maybe that lucky coin helped me win this.”
Clark chose a lump sum of about $2.5 million instead of taking $4 million in payments over time.
“I’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs in my life, but everything is pretty amazing right now,” Clark said.
The Michigan Lottery does good for more than just the lucky prize winner, though. The lottery supports schools, businesses, and provides jobs to Michiganders.
According to its official website, the Michigan Lottery has contributed all agency profits to the State of Michigan School Aid Fund since its inception in 1972. In fiscal year 2019, about 27 cents of every dollar spent toward Michigan Lottery games directly benefited Michigan schools.
Created in 1955, the School Aid Fund’s purpose is to aid school districts in funding K-12 public education. The Michigan Lottery’s contribution to the School Aid Fund is different each year. In 2019, the Lottery contributed over $1 billion to the School Aid Fund.
To learn more about School Aid funding, visit https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6605-21514–,00.html.