$1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Mount Pleasant

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (10/24/2018) - A group of hospital employees in Mount Pleasant won a $1 million prize in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

The doctor and nurses at McLaren Central Michigan hospital bought the $1 million ticket at Ric's Food Center at 705 S. Mission St. near Central Michigan University. It matched all five white balls: 05-28-62-65-70.

A second $1 million ticket was sold in Grandville south of Grand Rapids.

A member of the hospital lottery pool with one doctor and nine nurses stopped by the grocery store Wednesday morning. The group hadn't claimed the prize at Michigan Lottery headquarters by noon, but the group is pretty confident it's their ticket.

Employees at Ric's were excited about selling the big winner. They remember selling a $10,000 winner once, but never a prize anywhere near $1 million.

Thirteen other tickets, including two from Mid-Michigan, matched four of the white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. The two local tickets were sold at:
-- Conlee Travel Center, located at 9180 Birch Run Road in Birch Run.
-- Meijer gas station, located at 1235 Irish Road in Davison.

None of the 12.1 million Mega Millions tickets purchased in Michigan matched the jackpot-winning numbers.

The $1 million winners should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at 517-373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prizes must be claimed at the Lottery's headquarters in Lansing.

The winners of the $10,000 prizes should visit a Lottery claim center to collect their prize. Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

While those winners were out buying their tickets, a Lansing man was at Michigan Lottery headquarters claiming a $1 million prize he won in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

Brian Tackett, 48, matched the five white balls drawn – 16-54-57-62-69 – in Saturday’s drawing with a ticket he bought at Holt Fine Liquor and Spirits.

“I play Powerball regularly and stopped on my way home Friday night to buy my tickets,” said Tackett. “The next day, I scanned one of my tickets at Speedway and the scanner told me to see the clerk. The clerk scanned it and said that she couldn’t cash it because I had won too much."

He went home and checked the ticket closer when he discovered he won the $1 million prize.

“It was an awesome feeling to win so much cash," Tackett said. "I have a seasonal job and in the winter work can be pretty rough, so this will help me have an easier winter.”

Tackett visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, Tackett plans to buy a new home, pontoon boat and then save the remainder.

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