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The actual winning ticket (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

73-Year-Old Michigan Man Wins $1M In Mega Millions Lottery

April 30, 2019 - 10:36 am

(WWJ) A Michigan man who says he typically buys a Mega Millions ticket every week has won a $1 million prize.

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The actual winning ticket (Photo: Michigan Lottery)
The Michigan Lottery says Thomas Heckman of Pewamo -- a village in Lyons Township, Ionia County -- matched the five white balls drawn on April 5 - 08-22-24-38-64 - to win a $1 million prize. He bought the winning ticket at the Oakwood Lounge, located at 108 E. Main Street in Pewamo, which is abo 30 miles west of Lansing.

"It was the talk around town that someone had won on the Mega Millions, which reminded me to check my ticket," Pewamo said. "When I did, I realized I had matched five numbers...All I could think was: 'I'm the big winner!'"

The 73-year-old Heckman visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He plans to save his winnings.

"Winning this prize will allow me to live comfortably," Heckman said.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is $2; and for an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a "Megaplier" that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at and at the Lottery's 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

Remember: About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers. Get more information at