$1 Million Mega Millions Prize Unclaimed After Three Months; Winning Ticket Sold in Kentwood

MSL MegaMillions LogoThree months have passed, and a $1 million Mega Millions prize remains unclaimed.

A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 01-39-52-69-72 – in the May 26 Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize. The player purchased the winning ticket at the T&J Party Store, located at 2882 Shaffer Southeast in Kentwood.

The $1 million 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. Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Earlier this month, a $1 million Mega Millions prize went to the School Aid Fund after going unclaimed. The winning ticket from the Aug. 5, 2014 drawing was sold at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

Tickets for Mega Millions drawings may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Seven Michigan Lottery Players Headed to Las Vegas for Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™ Game Show

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubSeven lucky Michigan Lottery players are heading to Las Vegas to appear on the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club Lottery game TV show.

Each of the lucky players will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and the opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. More than $2.5 million in prize money is up for grabs in each hour-long show.

The lucky players from Michigan are:

  • Bernadine Baumann, of Flushing
  • Tony Cygnik, of Brownstown Township
  • Jerome Gates, of Allegan
  • Jeff Huver, of Dorr
  • John Osborn, of Beaverton
  • Richard Poneleit, of Taylor
  • Eric Sayranian, of Warren

The TV game show is hosted by “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell and may be viewed in Michigan on: WKBD (Detroit), WXMI (Grand Rapids), WHTV (Lansing), WSYM (Lansing), WBSF (Flint), WGTU (Traverse City), WJMN (Marquette), and WMKG (Muskegon). Air times vary. Players should check local listings for details.

The next Monopoly Millionaires’ Club second chance drawing will take place on Sept. 15. To be eligible for that drawing, entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13. To earn entries into the second chance drawing, players collect Monopoly Property Sets and enter them online at http://www.playmmc.com.

For just $5 per ticket, the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. All told, the game features more than $12 million in prizes.

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Washtenaw County Man Wins $500,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Win Big Instant Game

Bob Amidon (left) and his brother, Ron, pose for a photo after Bob collected his $500,000 prize.

Bob Amidon (left) and his brother, Ron, pose for a photo after Bob collected his $500,000 prize.

A Washtenaw County man played the Michigan Lottery’s Win Big game and that’s exactly what he did, winning $500,000.

Bob Amidon, of Ann Arbor, bought his winning ticket at the A & L Wine Castle, located at 2424 West Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor.

“I went out Saturday to get some tickets and saw the Win Big game,” said Amidon. “I had never played it before, so I bought some tickets and returned home.”

That evening, Amidon scratched some of the tickets he bought, but saved some for Sunday, too.

“I won the $500,000 prize on the very last ticket I scratched on Sunday,” Amidon said. “As I scratched the ticket off and saw the prize I thought I was hallucinating! I guess I was just saving the best for last.”

He signed the winning ticket right away and called his brother to tell him the good news.

Bob Amidon's winning Big Win ticket.

Bob Amidon’s winning Big Win ticket.

“I think I woke my brother up when I called,” said Amidon. “At first, he thought I was joking with him, but after a little convincing he knew I was serious. I also called my mother and sister, and a close friend of mine. Until now, they were the only people I had told.”

The 65 year-old Amidon is planning to take a couple of trips to enjoy his big win. He is hoping to visit Las Vegas and New York City in the coming months.

“I always thought I’d win the Lottery,” Amidon said Monday as he collected his big prize. “I never thought it would be a huge win like this, but I’ll take!”

Players have won more than $5.3 million playing Win Big, which launched in July. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $16.4 million in prizes remain, including two one $500,000 prize, and 173 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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Bay County Woman Wins $5,000 a Week for Life from the Michigan Lottery

08.21.15 $5,000 a Week For Life IG # 728 $5,000 a Week For Life Anonymous Bay CountyA Bay County woman can look forward to a future filled with cash after winning $5,000 a week for life from the Michigan Lottery.

The 51 year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Kroger store, located at 435 North Main Street in Frankenmuth.

According to the player, each time she visits the local Kroger store, she stops at the Lottery vending machine to buy Cash For Life tickets.

“After I got home from my shopping trip, I started to make dinner and while I was waiting for it to cook I started scratching my tickets,” said the player. “As soon as I scratched the ticket off, I knew I had a big winner and I got on my knees in my kitchen and thanked God.

“Next, I called my son and told him I had a big winner. He kept asking if I was sure and I told him ‘I’m positive this is a big winner.’”

Soon after he got the phone call, the player’s son was at her house to look at the ticket.

“We were both so happy we couldn’t stop celebrating,” said the player. “I put the dinner I was cooking in the fridge, and we went to my son’s house to share the good news with his wife.

“When we got to his house, we all had a toast with champagne and started talking about how our family’s life will change.”

The player will receive annual payments of $260,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. She could have chosen to take a one-time lump sum payment of $5.5 million instead of the annuity prize. With her winnings, she plans to retire, do some home improvements, and enjoy spending time with her family.

“Winning a Lottery prize this big can really put your mind at ease knowing how much you can do for family. It will let me provide a brighter future for my children and grandchildren, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” the player said.

Players have won more than $12.6 million playing $5,000 A Week For Life, which launched in April. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to a lifetime of cash. More than $53.7 million in prizes remain, including two lifetime prizes, 45 $10,000 prizes, 340 $4,000 prizes, and 2,170 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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Lincoln Park Man Wins $4 Million Prize Playing World Class Millions Instant Game

08.18.15 World Class Millions IG #731 $4,000,000 ($2,538,105 Lump Sum) Anonymous Wayne CountyIt took a couple of hours for a Lincoln Park man to calm down after he won $4 million on the Michigan Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, couldn’t believe what he was seeing after scratching off his $30 World Class Millions ticket.

“I scratched the numbers on the ticket first, before revealing the prizes,” said the player. “When I saw I had a match, I figured that I had won my $30 back.

“As I scratched the prize off, I quickly realized it was more than $30. Once I saw the ‘4MIL’ symbol I could barely breathe and thought I was having a panic attack!”

The player was scratching his ticket on the counter at the store where he bought it, the River Drive Market, located at 455 Southfield in Lincoln Park.

“There were only a couple people in the store, and they kept staring at me because I was acting pretty funny,” said the player. “I handed the ticket to the clerk so he could scan it on his machine, and then he started screaming. Everyone was so excited to see a big winner like that. Thankfully, the clerk quickly told me to sign the ticket.”

Once the player got home, his girlfriend thought something was wrong.

“I tried to explain what was going on, but I was still so nervous it took a while to tell her the good news,” said the player. “Needless to say, we are both really excited about winning $4 million!”

When the player called the Lottery to schedule an appointment to collect his winnings, he nearly had another panic attack.

“They told me I would need to bring my driver’s license and Social Security card to claim the prize, but I didn’t have the card with me,” said the player. “I was recently in North Carolina and left my wallet at a buddy’s place there. I called my buddy and told him I’d pay him $1,000 to drive my Social Security card up. He was standing on my doorstep the next morning with the card.”

The player chose to take his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $2.5 million rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home and new car, donate to charity, set up college funds for a few family members, and invest the remainder.

“Winning still seems so surreal. It’s just too good to be true, like it’s not happening. I hope I don’t wake up and realize it was just a dream,” the player said.

Players have won more than $26 million playing World Class Millions, which launched in May. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $88 million in prizes remain, including two $4 million prizes, 153 $4,000 prizes, and 2,147 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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