Oct 10, 2008, 8:02 am
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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