Monroe Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

Richard DeMayA Monroe man is planning a family trip after winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Richard DeMay, 72, matched the five white balls – 16-17-25-36-37 – in the Dec. 24 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at Monroe Liquor, located at 811 South Monroe Street in Monroe.

“I usually purchase two tickets for each Mega Millions drawing,” said DeMay. “I purchased this ticket on Christmas Eve and checked the winning numbers on Christmas Day. When I realized I had won, I was speechless. I held the ticket up in front of my wife and she joked, ‘Did you win me $1 million?’ When I told her I did, she couldn’t believe it.”

DeMay visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings he plans to take his family on a trip and then save the remainder.

Winning Ticket“I’m not a materialistic person, so I don’t have any big plans for the money, but it is definitely going to make life easier for us,” said DeMay.

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 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

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Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing and all Lottery regional offices located in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw, and Sterling Heights will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17.

All regularly scheduled drawings will take place on Monday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has teamed up with may have office hours on Monday, however, they won’t be able to process claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Tuesday at 7:45 am.

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Wayne County Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Keith BurgeWinning a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery still hasn’t sunk in for a Wayne County man.

Keith Burge, of Dearborn, matched the five white balls – 10-40-45-56-67 – in the Dec. 4 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Sunoco gas station, located at 22110 Ford Road in Dearborn Heights.

“I like to play the Powerball game when the jackpot gets high,” said Burge. “The day after the drawing, I was at the gas station where I purchased my ticket and a worker told me they had sold a big winner. When I checked my ticket and found out I was the one who had won I was shocked! It still doesn’t seem real.”

Winning TicketBurge, 58, recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He plans to save his winnings.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Kent County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit $500,000 Instant Game

A Kent County man feels a sense of relief after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit $500,000 instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 3757 Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids.

“I was at Meijer when I realized I had a $5 bill in my wallet,” said the 37-year-old player. “I rarely have cash on me, and it was around Christmas time, so I decided to buy myself a ticket from the self-serve machine.

“I scratched the ticket off when I got out to my car and I couldn’t believe my eyes! All I could say was: ‘Oh my gosh!’”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home and then invest the remainder.

Players have won more than $3 million playing Hit $500,000 which launched in December. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $26 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and 27 $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

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Wayne County Woman Wins $1,682,998 Lucky 7s Fast Cash Jackpot

Listening to mom paid off for a Wayne County woman who won a $1,682,998 Lucky 7s Fast Cash jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket on Dec. 18, 2021 at Flappers Café, located at 722 Southfield Road in Lincoln Park.

“I was out with my mom and playing Club Keno,” said the 37-year-old player. “My mom told me that the Fast Cash jackpot was more than $1.6 million and suggested I give that game a try.

“I bought a couple tickets and won a few bucks and decided to buy one more with my winnings. That was when I won the jackpot. I was so excited; I really wasn’t sure how to react.

“I called the bar owner over and told him I had won and asked him to scan the ticket for me. He confirmed that I had won, and I just couldn’t believe what was happening.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new home, pay off student loans, take her son to Disney World, and then save the remainder.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $2 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Money Match – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $4,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Mega Money Match – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Doubler Wild Time Progressive – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $6,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Lucky 7s – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $4,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Super Lucky 7s – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $9,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.
  • Jumbo Jackpot Slots – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot plus $250,000.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

In 2020, players won more than $64 million playing Fast Cash games.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

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