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Monroe man wins $1 million Mega Millions prize from Michigan Lottery

Five balls were matched on the winning ticket for the December 24 drawing.
Credit: Michigan Lottery

MONROE, Mich. — A Monroe, Michigan man is treating his family to a nice vacation after scoring big in the Mega Millions drawing on December 24, according to the Michigan Lottery.

Richard DeMay matched five white balls on his ticket – 16-17-25-36-37 – in the December 24th drawing to win the prize.  The $1 million he won will go a long way toward a nice trip for his family.

The 72-year-old winner bought his ticket at Monroe Liquor, located at 811 South Monroe Street in Monroe.

"I usually purchase two tickets for each Mega Millions drawing," said DeMay. "I purchased this ticket on Christmas Eve and checked the winning numbers on Christmas Day. When I realized I had won, I was speechless. I held the ticket up in front of my wife and she joked, 'Did you win me $1 million?' When I told her I did, she couldn't believe it."

DeMay is planning to save whatever is left over after his trip.

"I'm not a materialistic person, so I don't have any big plans for the money, but it is definitely going to make life easier for us," said DeMay.