Ann Arbor man claims $250,002

LANSING, October 19, 2008 – Paul McKelvey of Ann Arbor claimed a $250,002 prize after matching all five Mega Millions white balls on one pick and the Mega ball on another pick in the November 11 drawing.

McKelvey originally read his ticket wrong and thought he won $10,000.  After checking his numbers and prize on the Lottery’s Web site,, he was shocked to find his easy pick ticket was actually worth $250,002. The retired college dean plans to use the money to pay bills.

McKelvey purchased the winning ticket at the Falsetta’s Market, 2200 Pittsfield Blvd., in Ann Arbor.

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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