Defiant scratch game purchase yields $1 million prize
He scratched his ticket in the bathroom to keep his girlfriend from knowing what he'd done.
Her request that he restrain himself from another lottery ticket purchase went ignored.
But when the scratching was finished, the guilty act of secrecy turned to a brilliant stroke of luck.
The Livonia man, whose identity hasn't been revealed because he requested anonymity, scratched until he found a match for one of his winning numbers: 27.
Printed underneath the match: 1Mil.
I scratched ...
Jun 4, 2015, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winners could remain anonymous under House bill
You've heard the touching stories: a waitress, retiree or unemployed worker hits the jackpot and wins the state lottery.
Under a bill approved by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform committee on a 13-2 vote Wednesday, those stories would probably disappear because all lottery winners would be able to remain anonymous.
The bill would prohibit the state lottery office from disclosing information about an individual who won any lottery prize unless that winner authorizes the release of infor ...
May 14, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man multiplies winnings to $5 million
Winner says he plans on investing the money for his retirement
Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1-million prize into $5 million for a Michigan man.
David Kalanik of Milford, Michigan, stopped at the City Liquor store on West Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option, according to a news release from the Michigan Lottery.
His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 10, 36, 47, 63, and 74 g ...
Apr 17, 2015, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
Man arraigned in lottery winner's death
It was a cold case that some said might never be solved: An elderly Detroit man, whose family said he'd won $20,000 in a lottery game, was found frozen rock-solid in a vacant house after going missing Dec. 20.
But Detroit police made an arrest just days after finding the body Sunday, Feb. 1, of 86-year-old Arthur Weldon Neal, covered up in the basement of a derelict home in the 15800 block of Mansfield near Fenkell and the Southfield Freeway, in northwest Detroit.
Quanzell Alonzo Hood, 20, ...
Feb 10, 2015, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Missing 86-year-old Detroit lottery winner found dead
An 86-year-old Detroit man whose family said he disappeared a day after winning $20,000 in the lottery in December was found stabbed to death in a vacant house, authorities said on Wednesday.
Arthur Neal Jr. was found dead on Sunday afternoon in the 15000 block of Mansfield Street, said Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a Detroit police spokeswoman.
Neal was reported missing on Dec. 28 after disappearing Dec. 20 from his home in the 17200 block of Trinity Street.
(See Elderly Detroit man who rec ...
Feb 4, 2015, 7:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery pays out $7.4 million in Daily 4 drawing of 1-0-0-1
It's not uncommon for players of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 midday and evening drawings to play some common patterns of numbers, like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0.
According the Michigan Lottery, one of those days was Tuesday, Jan. 6, when the Daily 4 evening drawing revealed the winning numbers as: 1-0-0-1.
That meant that winners cashed in on more than $7.4 million in prizes.
Players bought 8,050 tickets with the winning numbers. Those players won prizes ranging from $275 to $5,000, depending on wag ...
Jan 7, 2015, 5:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Elderly Detroit man who recently won lottery missing
Arthur Neal Jr. last seen morning of Dec. 20 at his home
By Todd Northrop
The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding an 86-year-old man who was last seen earlier this month.
Arthur Weldon Neal Jr. was last seen at 8 a.m. Dec. 20 at his home in the 17200 block of Trinity Street, police said.
The granddaughter of the missing 86-year-old fears the worst after her grandfather disappeared nearly 10 days ago about the same time he won a nearly $20,000 lottery ...
Dec 29, 2014, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Stores buying Michigan lottery tickets from players
Some Michigan stores that sell lottery tickets are hitting the jackpot by buying winning tickets from desperate players at a discount, according to auditors who are urging a crackdown on the illegal practice.
Lottery players who owe back taxes or other debts don't want the state to learn their identity. So they're probably selling winning tickets back to retailers for less than what they're worth, the audit found.
An audit released Tuesday said 37 store owners turned in winning tickets wor ...
Nov 18, 2014, 10:13 pm - Lottery News forum
800+ Michigan Lottery winners kicked off public assistance in 2013
More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.
The Michigan Department of Human Services shared those findings Thursday in its latest lottery match report, analyzing the impact of a 2012 law that allows the agency to cross-check lottery winnings with public assistance programs and, in some cases, end benefits.
DHS identified 7,216 lotto play ...
Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 pm - Lottery News forum
$3 million lottery winnings just chicken feed to farmer
The millionaire opened his barn door and was greeted by the clucks of a thousand chickens.
Jeff LaBar walked into his chicken coop, gathered the eggs that had been laid overnight and brought them into the house to wash them by hand, one at a time, before packing them up and driving them to the few local supermarkets that are LaBar Poultry Farm's loyal customers.
Earlier that morning, the 53-year-old had gotten off his 12-hour overnight shift at the local lime plant, a second job he took aw ...
Aug 21, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum