Herman Lauer matched the five white balls drawn – 25-48-51-65-72 – in Tuesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Kroger store, located at 4080 East Blue Grass Road in Mount Pleasant.
Lauer visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Friday to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay for his children’s and grandchildren’s education.
Lauer is the third Michigan player to win $1 million playing the Mega Millions game this year.
Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $293 million. If a Michigan player win’s Tuesday’s jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state. A Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million on April 22, 2005.
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 are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tickets for Mega Millions drawings may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.