Millionaire Raffle winners begin collecting prizes!

LANSING, January 21, 2011 – In just two days, the Michigan Lottery has given away over $3.3 million in prize money from the Millionaire Raffle drawing.

Six lucky winners traveled to Lansing to collect their prize money, including Jeff Watson from Holt who won a $100,000 prize on a ticket purchased at Meijer #24, 6200 S. Pennsylvania Ave., in Lansing. Watson check his raffle ticket at work and upon realizing it was a $100,000 winner, left work for the day, rented a limo and picked up his wife to share the good news. The couple plan to pay off some bills and students loans with the prize money.

Three lucky anonymous players claimed prizes worth $1,000,000 on tickets purchased at Fast Lane Smokers II, 4230 E. 10 Mile Rd., in Warren; Luke’s Gifts and Sweet Shop, 412 W. 14 Mile Rd., in Troy; and Tony’s Country Store, 8503 Secor Rd., in Lambertville.

Additionally, two anonymous winners claimed $100,000 prizes on tickets purchased at Annies Party Shopp, 535 W. Commerce Rd., in Commerce Township and Kroger #602, 28250 Dequindre Rd., in Warren.

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 17th 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 94 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 2010, the contribution to schools was $701.3 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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