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Michigan $42M lottery winner to claim jackpot today

Oct 10, 2008, 8:02 am

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Mega Millions

Winner will take the full annuity payout

The owner of a winning $42 million Mega Millions ticket, sold at a Macomb County, Michigan, liquor store, is expected to show up at Lottery headquarters Friday to collect the fortune.

Lottery officials are being tight-lipped about the winner's identity, and won't even disclose if it's a man or a woman.  The mystery person or persons will be revealed Friday at a news conference.

The winner may do something almost unheard of:  receive the money in installments rather than getting a smaller, one-time cash payment.  The lump-sum payment in this case would be $26.3 million, after state and local taxes are deducted.

State lottery spokeswoman Andi Brancato says she can't remember a Mega Millions winner in Michigan ever doing that since the game was launched in 2002.

It marks the eighth time a Michigan resident has won the jackpot in the Mega Millions since the game was launched in 2002.  The biggest jackpot collected by a Michigan player came in April of 2005 when Mary and Ralph Stebbins of Port Huron won a $208 million prize.

The winning numbers in last Friday's drawing were 13, 28, 32, 41 and 52. The Mega Ball was 16.

The $42 million winning ticket was purchased at the Stoney Creek Liquor Shoppe on Van Dyke Road in Washington Township.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 12 states.

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