A Lake County man “about had a heart attack” when he realized he had won a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Gerald Carrig, of Irons, matched the five white balls drawn – 04-44-58-59-70 – in the Jan. 29 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, located at 3900 West US Highway 10 in Ludington. Irons is about 40 miles Northeast of Ludington.
“I bought some Mega Millions tickets and forgot about them,” said Carrig. “I saw them sitting on my desk one day and decided to check them. I saw I had matched the first number and then kept matching more. When I realized I’d won $1 million, I about had a heart attack!”
The 73-year-old Carrig visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He plans to use his winnings to pay for his new home and help his family.
“It feels unreal to win a $1 million prize, I still can’t believe it,” Carrig said.
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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 are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.