First-time player wins $10,003

LANSING, March 26, 2009 – A very lucky 22-year-old from AuGres won $10,003 on her first attempt at the Mega Millions game on March 13!

Megan Shaffer matched four white ball numbers and the gold Mega ball number, and one white ball number and the gold Mega ball number on the same ticket to win the prize.

The Lottery novice learned of her good fortune on the Lottery’s web site and plans to put the prize money towards a home.

Shaffer purchased the lucky winning own-pick ticket at the Pier 23, 2490 E. Huron Rd., in AuGres.

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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