It was a day of celebration for a Macomb couple today after beating the lottery odds.
Lottery officials said tens of thousands of people played have the brand new "The Good Life" game since it began earlier this month, but Roberts is the first to win.
The first thing Roberts did when he won the lottery was call his wife Shelley, but she didn't believe him. When he got home that night he joked with her.
"She asked me are you for real and I was like no, you think we would have that kind of luck? She started to break down in tears so I had to go get the ticket and show it to her,"he said.
Roberts bought his winning ticket at a Cenex in Macomb. Him winning was an event that the clerk who sold him the ticket wasn't expecting.
"I was excited for him because it's unheard of to win in Macomb," she said. The lottery officials didn't see it coming either.
"Generally speaking it's several weeks before a jackpot winner comes forward, but with this case you never know with the lottery and it was one of the first books of tickets out there and he just got lucky," said lottery spokesman Mike Lang.
For Roberts the money will help cover some necessary expenses.
"We're going to invest it, pay off some bills, do a little vacation, a little for ourselves, a little at a time," he said. He added he just wants to be sensible helping himself and his kids over time.
The with 1.04 million dollars in winnings coming their way in quarterly payments over the next twenty years, Roberts and his wife will continue to work. In fact, Roberts says he starts a new job just next week.
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