Millionaire Raffle winners begin collecting prizes!

LANSING, January 21, 2010 – Just one day after the drawing of the Millionaire Raffle, winners are claiming some of the game’s top prizes.

Five winners traveled to Lansing today to collect Millionaire Raffle prizes. John Smith from Cheboygan won $100,000 on a ticket purchased at the Topinabee Market, 1541 N. Straits Hwy., in Topinabee; Brian Wiatrolik claimed $100,000 on a ticket purchased at Themar #14, 26778 M 43, in Paw Paw; Soteros Boloven claimed $100,000 on a ticket purchased at Joy Tobacco, Inc., 25655 Joy Rd., in Dearborn Heights; and two lucky players, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed $100,000 each on tickets purchased at Kroger #673, 2260 18 Mile Rd., in Sterling Heights and Smokers Only, 42369 Garfield Rd., in Clinton Township.

Results of the Millionaire Raffle drawing are posted on the Lottery’s Web site, Players can also have their tickets validated by a Michigan Lottery retailer or at one of the Lottery’s regional offices around the state.

This is the Lottery’s 14th raffle to date. Featured were six prizes of $1 million each, 12 prizes of $100,000, 2,000 prizes of $500 and 4,000 prizes of $100.

The Raffle numbers on the tickets must match the exact order in which the winning numbers were drawn to be eligible for a prize and winners must present their original ¬†tickets when making a claim. Winners claiming prizes over $50,000 must contact the Lottery’s Public Relations office at 517-373-1237 to set up an appointment to claim their prize.

Over 98.5 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 2009, the contribution to schools was $724.5 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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