Teacher claims Mega Millions prize

LANSING, January 13, 2009 – Annette Yasoni, a teacher from Macomb, has played the same numbers for 20 years. Persistence paid off for the long-time Lottery player and in the January 2 Mega Millions drawing, Yasoni matched four white balls and the gold Mega ball to win $10,000.

Yasoni plans to save the prize money.

The lucky winning own-pick ticket was purchased at Kroger #683, 15251 23 Mile Rd., in Macomb.

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.

For additional information, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at https://www.michiganlottery.com.

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