Mega Millions prize claimed

LANSING, February 24, 2009 – Joanne Nashar is a very lucky Mega Millions winner! The Brighton woman matched four white balls and the gold Mega ball on January 23 to win $10,000!

Nashar hid the winning ticket in her pocket before cashing it at the Lottery’s Dearborn Heights office. She plans to pay bills with the prize money.

The lucky winning easy-pick ticket was purchased at Grand River & Halsted Shell, 37375 Grand River Ave., in Farmington.

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

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