Jeffrey Phillips, 62, matched the five white balls – 07-27-37-42-59 – in the Nov. 26 drawing to win a $1 million prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, the prize was multiplied to $2 million. He bought his winning ticket at Polly’s Country Market, located at 1255 South Main Street in Chelsea. Chelsea is about 15 miles West of Ann Arbor.
“I play the Mega Millions game weekly and have been playing the same set of numbers for years,” said Phillips. “The Sunday after the drawing, I checked the winning numbers online and started writing them down. After the first few numbers, I thought: ‘Wait a minute, these numbers are familiar.’
“When I realized what I had won, I called for my wife to have her come look the ticket over. We were both in shock, and it still hasn’t sunk in yet!”
Phillips visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings he plans to purchase a new car and a new home.
“I can’t comprehend the feeling of winning or put it in to words,” said Phillips. “It still doesn’t feel like this is real.”
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 are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.