Harper Woods woman wins $1 million in $1.28-billion Mega Millions jackpot

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A Wayne County woman couldn’t believe her eyes when she logged in to her Michigan Lottery account and saw a $1 million Mega Millions prize pending, according to the Michigan Lottery.

Nikki Lawson, 39, of Harper Woods, matched the five white balls — 13-36-45-57-67 — in the July 29 drawing to win a $1 million prize. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

It is unclear if she picked the numbers or chose the Quick Pick option.

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“I decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket because the jackpot was so high,” Lawson told the Michigan Lottery. “The next day I saw an email from the Lottery notifying me that I’d won a prize. I logged in to my Lottery account to see what I’d won, assuming it was a $1,000 prize or a prize around that amount.

“When a pop-up came up showing $1 million, all I could think was: ‘That is way too many zeros to be $1,000!’ I started freaking out when I realized how much I’d won.”

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The jackpot for the July 29 Mega Millions was $1.28 billion, the largest Mega Millions jackpot of the year and the second-largest in Mega Millions history. The winning ticket was sold in Illinois.

Lawson plans to purchase a home and then save the remainder of her prize.

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