21-year-old wins $10,000

LANSING, September 15, 2008 – Ashton Pitts, a student from Macomb, is a very lucky Mega Millions player! On September 9, he matched four white ball numbers and the gold Mega ball number and won a $10,000 prize!

Pitts was surprised when he found out he won the $10,000 prize and hid the winning ticket in his wallet prior to cashing it in at the Lottery’s Sterling Heights office. He plans to pay bills with his prize money.

The lucky easy pick winning ticket was purchased at Abbey’s Wine & Liquor Shop, 25030 Southfield Rd., in Southfield.

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 https://www.michiganlottery.com/.

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