The five Michigan Mega Millions winners finally came forward to claim their prize winnings of $1,250,000! The Mega Millions winning numbers were purchased at the same store by the same person, thus putting an end to the speculation and rumors swirling about since the big drawing.
Who is the Mysterious Michigan Mega Millions Winner?
According to the Michigan Lottery, the patriarch of his family, identified by the Michigan Lottery only as "Big Daddy," came into lottery headquarters Friday, March 23, 2012 to claim all five tickets. He was accompanied by his wife and three daughters who claimed the remaining four winning tickets. Big Daddy purchased all five winning tickets at the Northville Meijer #54, 20401 Haggerty Rd., in Northville, Michigan. Like many players that play the same numbers each time, Big Daddy explained that he's been playing the same Mega Millions lottery numbers since the game began.
Big Daddy's lucky winning numbers are a configuration of 641, the first number he ever won a Lottery prize on years ago. The five tickets Big Daddy purchased matched five out of six white Mega Millions winning numbers (1, 4, 6, 11, 14), with a different Mega Ball number (1, 4, 6, 11 and 14) on each ticket. "I was strategizing," Big Daddy told the Michigan Lottery about his playing practices. "I didn't give them (family members) an option."
Michigan Lottery officials say that along with Big Daddy, three of the nine $250,000 winning tickets have already been claimed by Michigan Mega Millions winners. Abe Jones purchased a winning ticket at Sam's um Yum Donuts Inc. in Taylor; William Bobbish bought his lucky ticket at Smoker's Express in Canton; and Michael Durgan bought his ticket at Fenton Party Store in Fenton. No one has claimed the remaining ticket purchased at Eagle Express in Howell, Michigan at this time.
That was quick work! Many lottery winners take their time to claim the prize winnings because they're conferring with lawyers and financial planners with regard to their newfound wealth. Others run straight to lottery headquarters the morning after the win to pick up their checks. In Big Daddy's case, he took a few days to make his plans, then came in to claim the $1,250,000 Mega Millions money. How long would you take to claim your prize? Would it depend on the size of the prize? What would you do if you won tomorrow's huge $356,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot?
When is the Next Mega Millions Drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is March 27, 2012 at 11:00pm EDT. Tuesday's estimated jackpot will be a whopping $356,000,000, or a one-time lump-sum cash payment of $255,100,000 before taxes! Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Please Play Responsibly
Remember, playing the lottery should be fun, but sometimes too much lottery fun can be addictive and could ruin lives. Please play responsibly, and don't spend more than you're willing to lose.
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