Niles man wins big in Michigan Lottery drawing

LANSING, October 22, 2007 – Yellow is a lucky color for Charles Conn of Niles.

Conn was the lucky winner in the Michigan Lottery’s $2 million drawing at Ford Field yesterday when the prize wheel stopped on yellow, the color of the shirt Conn had randomly been given.

The Niles man was shocked at his luck, saying doesn’t know how he’ll spend his winnings.

Conn was one of five finalists from around the state who participated in the drawing during the third quarter of the Detroit Lions-Tampa Bay Bucanneers game.  The five were chosen from a pool of 793 players who had won $1,000 on one of the Lottery’s $20 Instant tickets: “Mega Bucks Jackpot”, “2,000,000 Cash Winfall”, “Millionaire’s Club”, “$2,000,000 Explosion”, and “$35,000,000 Riches”.

The remaining four finalists, who each received $5,000, were Connie Keely of Sterling, Melody Rose of Pickford, Charles Weatherholt of Rockwood and John Ouellette of Monroe.

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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