Retiree claims $10,000 prize

LANSING, October 29, 2008 – Gary Owens played the Mega Millions game on October 24 and wound up $10,000 richer! Owens matched four white balls and the gold ball on his easy-pick ticket to win the prize.

The avid golfer plans to pay bills with his prize money. 

Owens purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 31752 John R Rd., in Madison Heights.

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 2008, the contribution to schools was over $740 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

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

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