Richard Mowery Jr. of Whitmore Lake Reels In a $1,000,000 "Big Money Action" Instant Game Top Prize!

LANSING, September 3, 2002 – Richard Mowery Jr. of Whitmore Lake, an avid fisherman, recently made the catch of the day when he reeled in a $1,000,000 top prize in the Lottery’s "Big Money Action" instant game!

The 44-year-old winner, who owns and operates Tile With Style, purchased the winning ticket at Hamburg Food Center, 10623 Hamburg Road, in Hamburg.

"I scratched the ticket off as soon as I got into my car after leaving the store," Mowery said. "I knew immediately that I had won the $1,000,000 top prize. I jumped out of my car and ran right back into the store with the ticket. I told everyone that I had a million-dollar winning ticket. I was so excited and happy that I was jumping around the store and high-fiving with the store clerks!"

In addition to fishing, the lucky man enjoys hunting and playing Michigan Lottery games in his free time. He said he has been playing Lottery games for the past 29 years, and his favorites are Mega Millions, Michigan Millions and, of course, the instant games.

Prior to turning the winning ticket in at Lottery headquarters in Lansing, the winner said he kept it with him at all times to ensure its safety. Mowery said he plans to use part of his winnings to buy a new vehicle and a new boat, and invest the remainder for the future.

"Big Money Action" is just one of many Michigan Lottery instant tickets available at more than 9,000 Michigan Lottery retailers statewide.

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