Top Keno! prize claimed

LANSING, June 10, 2009 – Leroy Poindexter, Jr. is a very lucky Lottery player. The Battle Creek man was a big winner in the June 6 Keno! drawing; collecting the $250,000 top prize after matching 10 of 22 numbers.

The lucky man has made no special plans for the prize money.

The winning own-pick ticket was purchased at Handy-Dandy Party Store, 1332 West Michigan Ave., in Battle Creek.

The Keno! game is designed to appeal to players wanting better odds of winning a prize. To play Keno!, a player selects 10 numbers between one and 80. The Lottery draws 22 numbers from the field of one to 80. Players win if they match six, seven, eight, nine or all 10 of the numbers on their ticket to the 22 drawn by the Lottery, or even if they match no numbers at all. A player matching 10 numbers wins $250,000; nine numbers wins $2,500; eight wins $250; seven wins $25; six wins $7 and matching zero numbers wins a free $1 instant game ticket. Keno! drawings are conducted seven days a week.

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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