Ten from MP win $1 million

October 25, 2018

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Lottery officials reported that someone in South Carolina bought the winning ticket in Tuesday’s Mega Millions game with a jackpot total of $1,537 billion dollars, only slightly less than the world lottery jackpot record and the highest ever for the Mega Millions game.

What started out as a disappointment for the people who bought 12.1 million tickets in Michigan, turned into a celebration for a group of ten local people when one of their tickets turned out to be one of the two $1 million winning tickets from Michigan.

TV5 cameras were rolling when Nikki Wildey and her husband Al discovered their ticket was the lucky one sold at Ric’s Food Center on Mission Street in Mount Pleasant.

TV5 cameras were rolling when Nikki Wildey and her husband Al discovered their ticket was the lucky one sold at Ric’s Food Center on Mission Street in Mount Pleasant.

One of those two winning tickets, sold in Mt. Pleasant at Rics Food Center, won ten McLaren Central Michigan emergency room employees a share of that $1 million prize.

The group, organized by Nikki Wildey, had pooled their money. Nikki went out and bought $50 worth of separate tickets. She went back to Rics and scanned every one of them. One of them was worth $1 million.

Each of the ten winners will claim about $50,000 after taxes with the cash option.

According to an article in the Morning Sun, the winners, ages 30 to 60, are planning to use the money for retirement, paying off bills and charitable donations.
The other $1 million ticket was sold in Grandville, Michigan and 13 other tickets sold in Michigan claimed a $10,000 prize in the drawing.

The earlier Mega Millions estimate of $1.6 billion would have claimed the world record for the highest lottery jackpot won, but sales actually came in just below the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot prize shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in 2016. The highest jackpot in the Mega Millions drawings was previously $656 million in 2012 with three winning tickets sold in three separate states.

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