Roberto Mendez Of Tecumseh Wins Top Prize In Lottery's "$1,000,000 Gift" Instant Game!

LANSING, January 5, 1998 – It’s been an eventful season for Tecumseh resident Roberto Mendez.  In less than a month’s time, he has bought a home, welcomed a new baby, and won $100,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s "$1,000,000 Gift" instant game!

"This is just too good to be true," said Mendez, a regular Michigan Lottery player for 10 years.  "My wife didn’t believe me at first; she had to hear it from the store manager too!"

Mendez said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and college loans and possibly buy a new car.  As the father of a new baby girl, Mendez said his favorite hobby is spending time with his family.  He is self-employed at PlaySmart Recreational Construction Inc.

The winning $100,000 "$1,000,000 Gift" ticket was purchased at Cracker Barrel Market, 9347 Tecumseh Clinton Highway, in Tecumseh.

"$1,000,000 Gift" is the Michigan Lottery’s first $10 instant ticket.  It offers a top prize of $1,000,000 instantly, as well as other cash prizes ranging from $10 to $100,000.  Overall odds of winning a cash prize are approximately 1 in 2.83.

Michigan Lottery instant tickets are available at more than 9,000 Michigan Lottery retailers statewide.

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