A Wayne County woman couldn’t believe her eyes when she logged in to her Lottery account and saw a $1 million Mega Millions prize pending.
Nikki Lawson, of Harper Woods, matched the five white balls – 13-36-45-57-67 – in the July 29 drawing to win a $1 million prize. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket because the jackpot was so high,” said Lawson. “The next day I saw an email from the Lottery notifying me that I’d won a prize. I logged in to my Lottery account to see what I’d won, assuming it was a $1,000 prize or a prize around that amount.
“When a pop up came up showing $1 million, all I could think was: ‘That is way too many zeros to be $1,000!’ I started freaking out when I realized how much I’d won.”
Lawson, 39, visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to purchase a home and then save the remainder.
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 may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at any of the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.