Christmas Day ticket claimed

LANSING, January 11, 2008 – Amy Wilson and her husband Erwin had a holly-jolly Christmas after she won $250,000 when she purchased a Mega Millions ticket in Holly.

Wilson, a 23-year-old from Pontiac, matched all five white ball numbers, without the gold Mega ball in the Dec. 25 drawing.

The lucky newlywed, who has only played the Lottery five times prior to her big win, didn’t believe her luck when she checked the ticket on the Lottery’s Web site. She plans to pay her house off with the prize money.

The winning easy pick ticket was purchased at Alex’s Market Grille, 6410 Grange Hall Rd., in Holly.

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.

Over 95 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2007, the contribution to schools was $748.9 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $14.3 billion to education in Michigan.

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

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