Raffle winners continue collecting big prizes!

LANSING, January 28, 2011 – More winners have come forward to claim large prizes on the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle. Eight lucky players traveled to Lansing this week to claim $100,000 and $1 million prizes!

Anthony Strukel of Battle Creek was the lucky winner of a $100,000 prize. Stukel’s lucky number is “3” so when he bought his third raffle ticket and saw that the first and last numbers of the raffle number were 3s, he just knew he was going to win. Also, his friend in Indiana won $125,000 on a scratch-off ticket a few weeks ago, so he knew luck was on his side. The winning ticket was purchased at the West Michigan C-Store #09, 1520 Michigan Ave. W, in Battle Creek.

Terry Sherven of Freeland claimed a winning $1 million ticket. The assistant-store manager of Pat’s Food Center, the location where the ticket was purchased, couldn’t believe he won.

“Everyone kept telling me I was the winner,” said Sherven. “But I didn’t believe it until I saw for myself. Even then it took awhile to sink in.”

Sherven purchased the winning ticket at his store, Pat’s Food Center, 7620 Midland Rd., in Freeland.

Additionally, four anonymous winners claimed $100,000 prizes on tickets purchased at Speedway #8829, 67335 Gratiot Ave., in Richmond; Murphy USA #7092, 579 E. Genesee St., in Lapeer; Tillman’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1245 Monroe NW, in Grand Rapids; and Howard Market, 1107 Howard St., in Saginaw and two winners claimed $1 million prizes on tickets purchased at Bonicki’s Sports Bistro; 1891 E. Apple Ave., in Muskegon and Sax Discount, 22525 Wick Rd., in Taylor.

Last week, three anonymous players claimed prizes worth $1 million 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.

Jeff Watson of Holt claimed a $100,000 prize on a ticket purchased at Meijer #24, 6200 S. Pennsylvania Ave., in Lansing and 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 Player’s Club Web site, http://www.michiganlottery.com. 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 www.michiganlottery.com .

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