Millionaire Raffle winners collect big prizes!

LANSING, January 6, 2009 – Six winners have come forward to claim prizes in the Millionaire Raffle, including three of the top $1 million winners.

Michael Batterton had only won $60 before claiming a top $1 million prize in the Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle. The long-time Lottery player hid the winning Raffle ticket in his wallet before cashing it at the Lansing office on Tuesday. The Fenton man plans to save the money for retirement.

The lucky winning ticket was purchased at the Hickory Ridge Market, 3255 W. Highland Rd., in Highland.

In addition, two anonymous players claimed top $1 million prizes. The lucky winning tickets were purchased at Kim’s Tally Ho Inc., 11298 W. Main, in Curtis and the Palace Liquor Wine Shop, 15429 21 Mile Rd., in Macomb.

Ralph Saunders of Dearborn Heights could not sleep after he found out he won $100,000. He hid the winning ticket in a safe before claiming the prize at Lottery Central. Saunders plans to buy a new car for his wife and save for retirement with the winnings.

The lucky winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven 32816, 22027 Vanborn, in Taylor.

Fred Cleveland of Portage found out he won $100,000 through a friend. Cleveland hid the winning ticket in his wallet before cashing it at Lottery Central on Tuesday. The lucky winner plans to put the prize money in the bank.

The winning ticket was purchased at Fat Tony’s Sports Bar, 5222 Portage Rd., in Portage.

An anonymous woman also claimed a $100,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Meijer #56, 3333 E. Michigan Ave., in Jackson.

Yesterday, an anonymous player from Grand Rapids claimed a top prize of $100,000 on a ticket purchased at Party World, 5568 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park.

The Millionaire Raffle is the Michigan Lottery’s 10th Raffle to date. Featured were six prizes of $1 million each, 12 prizes of $100,000, 2,000 prizes of $500 and 4,000 prizes of $100.

The Raffle numbers on the tickets must match the exact order in which the winning numbers were drawn to be eligible for a prize and winners must present their original tickets when making a claim. Winners claiming prizes over $50,000 must contact the Lottery’s Public Relations office at 517-373-1237 to set up an appointment to claim their prize. 

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.

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

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