Farmington Hills Man Wins $3 Million Mega Millions Prize with Ticket Bought on MichiganLottery.com

David and Kris Smith smile after claiming a $3 million Mega Millions prize.

David and Kris Smith smile after claiming a $3 million Mega Millions prize.

A Farmington Hills man had to convince his wife they were millionaires after he won a $3 million Mega Millions prize.

David Smith, 59, matched the five white balls drawn – 20-34-39-43-57 – in Tuesday’s drawing, good for a $1 million prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, the player’s prize was multiplied by three for a $3 million prize. He bought the winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I was checking my tickets online Wednesday morning, and out of the corner of my eye I saw the $3 million winner,” said Smith. “I called my wife right away and it took me 10 minutes to convince her we’d won $3 million.

“She was still skeptical, so she had me send her a screenshot and then Googled the numbers herself. We were both stunned. We’re still in shock.”

Smith’s $3 million prize is the largest ever won with a ticket bought at MichiganLottery.com. Two players have won $1 million. In February 2015, Pam Rawson, of Grand Junction won $1 million playing the Diamond Payout instant game. In July 2016, Tammy Weadock, of Onsted, won a $1 million Powerball prize.

Smith visited Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim the big prize. He plans to complete some home improvements, take his family on a vacation, and then save the remainder for retirement.

“Winning takes so much pressure off with our retirement coming up in a few years. We couldn’t be more thankful and humble,” Smith said.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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$3 Million Mega Millions Prize Won with Ticket Bought on MichiganLottery.com

MSL MegaMillions LogoAdding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1 million prize into a $3 million prize for a lucky Michigan Lottery online player.

A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 20-34-39-43-57 – in Tuesday’s drawing, good for a $1 million win prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, the player’s prize was multiplied by three for a $3 million prize. The winning ticket was bought online at MichiganLottery.com.

The winner from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing 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.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Eaton County Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

Winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize means less stress and financial security for an Eaton County man.

Gregory Guilford, of Mulliken, won the big prize when he matched the five white balls drawn – 09-21-34-42-50 – in the May 28 drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Bill’s Party Store, located at 1153 East Grand River in Portland. Mulliken is about 20 miles west of Lansing.

“I buy Mega Millions tickets for each drawing,” said Guilford. “I stopped in to Bill’s on the day of the drawing and picked up a ticket and an RV magazine.

“The next day I was doing some work in downtown Portland in a building that had been gutted. I walked down the street to a convenience store to use the restroom and buy a Powerball ticket. The lady behind me in line said: ‘You should go to Bill’s to buy that ticket. They sold a big winner last night!’

“As soon as she said that my mind started racing. I started to leave the store but turned around to scan my ticket and get a printout of the numbers. I was stunned when I realized I was holding a ticket worth $1 million.”

The 68-year-old Guilford visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, take a trip to Colorado, and then invest the remainder.

“Over the last five years, I have had some health issues that have really taken a lot out of me. Winning this takes so much stress off of me and makes me feel much more secure,” Guilford said.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Clinton Township Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

Greg Ricardi and his wife, Karen, smile after claiming a $1 million Mega Millions prize.

A Clinton Township man felt a rush of emotions after winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Greg Ricardi, 60, won the big prize when he matched the five white balls drawn – 25-37-46-48-68 – in Tuesday’s drawing. He bought the winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 38950 Hayes Road in Clinton Township.

“I don’t play often, but saw the jackpot getting up there and decided to play,” said Ricardi. “Wednesday morning I checked my numbers one-by-one and when I saw the first four matched, I called my wife over to look at the fifth one with me.

Winning Ticket

Winning Ticket

“When we looked at the fifth number and saw it matched, I felt a rush of emotions: shock, happiness, excitement, anxiousness. Neither of us could believe we won $1 million and we couldn’t stop smiling.”

The lucky player and his wife, Karen, recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He plans to set his winnings aside for retirement.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Flint Woman Wins $36,000 in Michigan Lottery’s Level Up Giveaway

A Flint woman’s bank account got a big boost after she won $36,000 in the Michigan Lottery’s Level Up Giveaway.

Michele Brown, 45, was selected in a random drawing earlier this month. She earned entries into the giveaway by playing games at MichiganLottery.com. The Level Up Giveaway was open to all online Lottery players.

The Level up Giveaway gave Lottery players a chance to win a progressive jackpot just by playing certain instant games online. The jackpot began at $20,000 and increased for each 1,000 different players who played online instant games during the promotion.

In addition to the jackpot prize, 75 lucky players won a $100 bonus credit valid for online play at MichiganLottery.com during the Level Up Giveaway, which ran from May 1 to May 28. Those winners were selected and notified each week during the promotion. The list of weekly prize winners may be viewed at http://www.milotteryonlinegames.com/level-up-post.html.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion-dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 70 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

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