Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1 million prize into a $5 million prize for a lucky Oakland County man.
David Kalanik stopped at the City Liquor store, located at 30444 West 8 Mile in Farmington Hills to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option. His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 – 10-36-47-63-74 – good for a $1 million win prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, his prize was multiplied by five for a $5 million prize.
“I checked my ticket the morning after the drawing and just sat there in disbelief,” said Kalanik. “I called my wife in to confirm I had won because I just couldn’t believe my eyes.”
At first, Kalanik’s wife thought he was playing a late April Fool’s Day joke until she took a closer look.
“We were both elated. The winning numbers were on the top line of the ticket and I didn’t even bother to check the rest of the numbers,” said Kalanik.
“I don’t always play Mega Millions, but when I do I add the Megaplier. Having a shot at winning a multi-million dollar prize is the reason I like to play.”
The 54-year-old Kalanik took a week to meet with a financial advisor before coming to Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim his prize. He plans to invest his newfound wealth for his retirement.
“Winning Mega Millions has been a great experience, but we plan to continue living the way we always have. Winning won’t change our lives, but will help us be more comfortable,” said Kalanik.
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. 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.
Mega Millions tickets may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $47 million.