$20,000 instant ticket claimed

LANSING, April 15, 2008 – A Belding man is $20,000 richer after scratching his way to the top prize on a 12 Times Lucky instant ticket.

David Hodges is a regular instant Lottery player who originally thought he won $2,000. His son pointed out that he was missing a zero on his prize amount, which made him completely shocked!

Hodges told Lottery officials he plans to use the prize money for his children. He enjoys hunting and weight lifting in his free time.

The 44-year-old salesman purchased the lucky winning ticket at Smyrna Grocery, 5011 Whites Bridge Rd., in Smyrna.

12 Times Lucky is just one of many Michigan Lottery instant tickets available at nearly 11,000 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 https://www.michiganlottery.com/.

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