Big Rapids woman claims $10,000 prize!

LANSING, July 15, 2009 – Valerie Knapp of Big Rapids is the lucky winner of a $10,000 prize in the Lottery’s Million Dollar Mega Play Instant game.

Knapp scratched off the ticket and was in disbelief over the $10,000 prize. She kept the winning ticket in her purse before cashing it at the Lottery’s Grand Rapids office. The long-time Lottery player plans to pay bills with the prize money.

The lucky winning ticket was purchased at Northland Grocery, 10636 Northland Dr., in Big Rapids.

Million Dollar Mega Play is just one of many Michigan Lottery Instant tickets available at nearly 11,000 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.

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