A Detroit native is sure to have a happy Thanksgiving after winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Kennedy Howard won the big Mega Millions prize on Oct. 24 by matching the first five winning numbers drawn: 02-14-21-28-55. He picked his own numbers for the winner purchased at the 7-Eleven, located at 35872 Utica Road in Macomb County’s Clinton Township. Howard recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize.
“I dropped to my knees and thanked God when I found out I had won,” said Howard. “I haven’t told anyone yet, but my mother will be the first person I tell.”
Howard now resides in Montgomery, Ala., while serving in the Army. He plans to use the big prize to help his mother retire and fix up her home in Detroit. He also plans to pay some bills and then save the remainder of his windfall.
Two $1 million prizes – one from the Mega Millions game and one from the Powerball game – remain unclaimed.
On Aug. 5, a lucky Mega Millions player matched the first five numbers drawn – 25-28-36-45-53 – to win $1 million. The winning ticket was bought at The CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids. One lucky Powerball player matched the first five numbers drawn on Nov. 5 – 02-11-19-21-42 – to win $1 million. The lucky ticket was bought at Mitch’s Party Store, located at 37504 Michigan Avenue in Wayne.
The lucky Mega Millions and Powerball winners should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prizes. The prizes must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Mega Millions and Powerball are valid for one year from the drawing date.
Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each. A “Power Play” option that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $52 million. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $80 million.