Shelby Township man claims $10,000

LANSING, August 28, 2009 – A lucky Shelby Township man won a $10,000 Mega Millions prize after matching four white ball numbers and the gold Mega ball number on August 15.

Joseph Kalinowski is a regular Lottery player and avid outdoorsman. He hid the winning ticket in a safe before cashing it at the Lottery’s Sterling Heights office. Kalinowski has made no special plans for the prize money.

The winning easy-pick ticket was purchased at Picolo’s Party Store, 13459 23 Mile Rd., in Shelby Township.

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.

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