Mega Millions prize claimed

LANSING, December 22, 2008 – Eva Hannawi could hardly believe her luck when she checked the newspaper and found out she had matched four white balls and the gold Mega ball on the December 12 Mega Millions drawing. On the same drawing she also matched the gold Mega ball on two other picks, bringing her total winnings to $10,004!

The long-time Lottery player hid the winning ticket in a dresser drawer before cashing it at the Lottery’s Sterling Heights office. Hannawi plans to spend the money on her family.

The lucky winning easy-pick ticket was purchased at Mr. C’s Deli #4, 35990 S. Gratiot Ave., in Clinton Township.

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 $740.7 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

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