Lucky winners claim prizes on Friday the 13th

LANSING, July 13, 2007 – Friday the 13th was a lucky day for three Millionaire Raffle winners who claimed their prize money at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing.

A Detroit player is $1 million richer after learning of a winning ticket during the Lottery’s regular evening broadcast on July 11. The ticket was purchased at Cheech Chicken in Detroit and the lucky winner, who double-checked the ticket, will “take it slow” before deciding what to do with the money.

An anonymous player was the winner of $1 million on a ticket sold at Polly’s in Jackson. The day after the drawing, the player, who is from Parma, checked the Lottery’s Web site ( and confirmed that the ticket was a winner. Plans for the money include paying off bills and investing.

A second $1 million prize was claimed Friday by a Lansing player who purchased the ticket at Corey’s Restaurant and Lounge in Lansing. He learned of his good fortune when friends told him the establishment had sold a winning ticket, prompting him to check his number.

To date, six winners of either $1 million or $100,000 have claimed their prizes:

Daniel Poole Sr. of Jackson, $100,000; Calleen Neidling of Elmira, $100,000; Lucky Smith Woods Lottery Club from Battle Creek, $100,000; and About Time Lottery Club from Coleman, $1 million. Two anonymous winners have claimed prizes of $100,000 and $1 million.

The Millionaire Raffle drew numbers for six prizes of $1 million each; 12 prizes of $100,000 each; and 2,000 prizes of $500 each. Only 600,000 tickets, at $20 each, were sold for the drawing, giving the game the best odds ever offered by the Michigan Lottery to win $1 million.

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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