Charlevoix County Man Wins $25,000 a Year for Life from the Michigan Lottery Playing Lucky For Life

08.03.15 Lucky For Life 07.30.15 Draw David Middaugh Charlevoix CountyA Charlevoix County man doesn’t plan to let winning a life changing amount of money change the way he lives his life.

David Middaugh won $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game. He bought his winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 103 North M66 in Charlevoix. He matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 29-33-36-47-48 – to win the big prize.

Middaugh choose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000. He could have chosen payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater.

“I heard a rumor that someone in Charlevoix had won, but had no idea I was the winner,” said Middaugh. “I checked my ticket Friday morning but wasn’t sure I was seeing things right. I took my ticket back to the Family Fare and had it scanned. When I got a printout to call the Lottery office, that’s when I knew I had won.”

The 50-year-old Navy veteran, went home to tell his wife the good news.

“It took a little convincing before my wife believed me,” said Middaugh. “She thought I was joking with her, but once she believed me she was in shock, too.

“The next thing I did was call my mother to tell her about my big win,” said Middaugh. “She is on a fixed income and I told her not worry about her finances anymore.”

In addition to taking care of his mother, Middaugh plans to pay some bills and finally take a long-overdue vacation with his wife.

“My wife and I haven’t been on a vacation in a really long time, so I’m really looking forward to taking her somewhere nice,” said Middaugh. “Whatever is left, will go into the bank.

“As a disabled Navy veteran, this money will really come in handy. My wife and I are quiet people who enjoy spending time with our family. We’ll continue to live our lives that way, but we’ll be more comfortable financially,” Middaugh said.

Michigan players have won more than $7 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including the five $25,000 a year for life winners, and 38 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing more than 15,000 winners on average in Michigan.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Michigan Lottery Players Urged to Check Tickets to See if They Have a $1 Million Mega Millions Winner; Prize Must Be Claimed by Wednesday

MSL MegaMillions LogoMichigan Lottery players should check their tickets to see if they’re the lucky winner of a $1 million Mega Millions prize!

The winning ticket for the Aug. 5, 2014 drawing was sold at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids. The ticket matched the first five numbers drawn: 25-28-36-45-53.

The prize must be claimed by 4:45 p.m. Wednesday or it goes to the state School Aid Fund. Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

If anyone discovers they have the winning ticket, they should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 323-1737. The lucky winner must come to Lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim their prize.

If the ticket holder does not come forward, it would be the first major prize to go unclaimed in 2015. In 2014, five major prizes went unclaimed adding more than $1 million to the Michigan School Aid Fund.

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Shiawassee County Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

07.31.15 Powerball 04.18.15 Draw Carmen Dolan Shiawassee CountyA Shiawassee County woman’s bank account got a big boost thanks to a $1 million Powerball prize.

Carmen Dolan, of Ovid, won $1 million playing Powerball with a ticket purchased at the Burton Corner’s Party store, located at 6007 West Main Street in Owosso. Dolan matched the first five numbers drawn on April 18 to win her big prize: 13-22-23-29-31.

“I checked my ticket about three weeks after the drawing at a self-scanner,” said Dolan. “I really didn’t know what I had until the clerk told me it was a big winner. When she said it was a $1 million winner, I couldn’t believe it!”

While many people would quietly tuck the ticket away and head home, Dolan finished her shopping before going to her car and calling her husband.

“When I called my husband, he was happy to hear I was still at the store because he needed me to grab a few things,” said Dolan. “After he told me what he needed, we hung up and I went back inside the store. I didn’t end up telling him the good news until I got home.

“When I told him I won, he thought I meant a few bucks. When I said it was a million, he was shocked.”

The Dolans quickly took the winning ticket to a local bank where it stayed in a safe deposit box while they researched financial options. They claimed the $1 million prize today at Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

The Dolans still are determining what to do with their winnings, but one thing is certain: the $1 million won’t change who they are.

“We’ve always lived within our means, and still will. This money will help us live a little more comfortably,” Dolan said.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A Power Play option that multiples non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for just $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live on the Lottery’s network of stations: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC). Additionally, the drawing may be watched online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball.

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Michigan Lottery Teams Up with Speedway to Give Players a Chance to win Free Fuel for a Year

Speedway-Image-PRTwo lucky players will be filling their gas tanks for free for a year thanks to the Michigan Lottery and Speedway LLC (Speedway).

Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, Lottery players who purchase instant game tickets at a Speedway convenience store and scan their registered Speedy Rewards® card will be entered in a giveaway to win free fuel for a year. A registered Speedy Rewards® card is one that is associated with a valid email address or phone number. Customers can register their Speedy Rewards® card either online at www.speedway.com or via the in-store kiosk at any Speedway convenience store. Players will earn one entry for each dollar spent on Michigan Lottery instant games.

Two grand prize winners will each receive free fuel for a year in the form of a $2,500 Speedway gift card. In addition to two grand prize winners, eight lucky winners will each receive $400 in Michigan Lottery instant game tickets. Winners will be selected at random in early October from eligible entries.

Players may earn entries through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30. There is no limit on the number of entries a player may earn. Purchases of Michigan Lottery draw game products are not eligible for entry.

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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Sold in Charlevoix County

Lucky For LifeA lucky Michigan Lottery player has a lifetime of cash ahead after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket bought at the Family Fare, located at 103 North M66 in Charlevoix, matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 29-33-36-47-48 – to win the big prize. This is the fifth time since the game debuted on Jan. 27 that a Michigan winner has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prize:

  • Annual payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

Michigan players have won more than $7 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including the five $25,000 a year for life winners, and 38 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing more than 15,000 winners on average in Michigan.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Lucky For Life tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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