Mega Millions prize claimed

LANSING, January 30, 2007 – A very lucky Warren teacher matched four white ball numbers and the gold Mega ball number to win a $10,000 Mega Millions prize.

Richard Pankovits told Lottery officials that he was “surprised and elated” with his big win, which is his largest to date.  He hid the Jan. 9 easy pick ticket in a file before cashing it in at the Lottery’s Sterling Heights office.  Pankovits enjoys “good food” in his free time.

The lucky winning ticket was purchased at Keg & Cash Shop, 28885 Bunert Rd., in Warren.

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game in Michigan, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.  Wagers cost $1 each and tickets may be purchased at nearly 11,000 Michigan Lottery retailers statewide.

All proceeds from the Lottery are contributed to the state School Aid Fund which supports kindergarten through 12th grade public education in Michigan.  In fiscal year 2006, the contribution was $688 million.

For additional information, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at

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