State School Aid Fund Gets $250,000 Boost When Mega Millions Prize Goes Unclaimed

MSL MegaMillions LogoThe state School Aid Fund got a $250,000 boost today when no one came forward to claim a Mega Millions prize before the winning ticket expired.

It was the third major Michigan Lottery prize to go unclaimed in the past six weeks, adding nearly $639,000 to the School Aid Fund. The Lottery contributed $734.3 million to the School Aid Fund in the 2013 fiscal year.  That works out to about $465 for each of the 1.58 million pupils in the state’s kindergarten-through-12th grade system.

The winning Mega Millions ticket that expired at 4:45 p.m. today was bought in Southfield, at the 8 Mile Foodland, 18880 8 Mile Road. The ticket was for the April 12, 2013 Mega Millions drawing and matched the first five numbers for that drawing:  01-10-13-19-21.

Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.  Because the one-year mark for this winning ticket fell on Saturday, the ticket was valid until 4:45 p.m. today.

Last month, another major Michigan Lottery prize sold at a Southfield retailer went unclaimed, providing a $138,727 boost to the state School Aid Fund.  That winning Fantasy 5 ticket expired on March 7.  It was bought at the Smokers Depot & Convenience located at 27214 West 8 Mile Road.

On March 31, an unclaimed $250,000 Mega Millions prize also went to the School Aid Fund.  That winning ticket was bought in Flint at the Southend Market, 1701 S. Saginaw Street.

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