A departure from his normal routine led a Grand Ledge man to a $1 million Mega Millions prize.
David Klemish, 53, matched the five white balls drawn – 18-24-31-34-55 – in Friday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 1016 East Saginaw Highway in Grand Ledge.
“I stopped at the Shell station on Thursday night to buy my normal two Mega Millions tickets,” said Klemish. “On Friday morning I was back at the Shell, and thought: ‘What the heck? I’ll buy two more.’
“The next morning I saw a post on a Grand Ledge community Facebook page that someone had bought a winning ticket at the Shell. I immediately went to check my tickets. I looked at my ticket from Thursday and it wasn’t a winner, but as soon as I looked at the ticket from Friday, I saw I matched five numbers.
“I called for my wife to come double check what I was seeing. Neither of us could believe our eyes!”
Klemish visited Lottery headquarters on Monday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills, take a special 25th anniversary trip with his wife, and then save the remainder.
“This is all so surreal. It will allow us to live more comfortably and ease our minds knowing that we have this to fall back on,” Klemish said.
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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 for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.