$10,000 prize makes Detroit player “happy”

LANSING, March 13, 2009 – A very lucky 72-year-old won a $10,000 Mega Millions prize. Lovonia Reed matched four white ball numbers and the gold Mega ball number in the February 24 drawing to win the prize.

Reed hid the ticket in an envelope prior to cashing it at the Lottery’s Dearborn Heights office. The prize money will go towards paying bills.

The own-pick ticket was purchased at I B Mini Mart II Inc., 17785 Grand River Ave., in Detroit.

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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