Michigan Man Claims Mega Jackpot

LANSING, April 3, 2008 – David Sneath of Livonia will never forget his 60th birthday.

On April 1, 2008, Sneath won a $136 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers, 04-17-26-46-56 and 25 (Mega ball), were Sneath’s own picks, which originated from an old easy pick ticket. The ticket was purchased at Joy Mobil, 27350 Joy Rd., in Redford. The store will receive a $50,000 commission for the sale.

Sneath said friends thought he was pulling an April Fool’s Day joke on them when he announced that he had won the jackpot.

He said he was "overwhelmed" by the win and plans to share the wealth. Sneath said he will give his four friends, with whom he has played the Lottery for years, each $1 million.

The $136 million jackpot had originally been advertised at $135 million but sales supported the increased amount. Sneath selected to receive his payment in one lump sum payment of $84,367,246, less taxes.

Sneath is Michigan’s 7th Mega Millions jackpot winner. Previous amounts won were $17 million, $23.3 million (a portion of a jackpot shared with two other winners), $47 million, $208 million, $17.5 million (a portion of a jackpot shared with one other winner), and $75 million.

Mega Millions is a multi-state Lottery game offered in 12 locations: Michigan, California, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Drawings are every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

Over 95 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 retailers. In fiscal year 2007, the contribution to schools was $748.9 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $14.3 billion to education in Michigan.

For additional information, please visit the Lottery's Web site at www.michigan.gov/lottery.

Outline information: Mega Millions winner David Sneath (right) shares thoughts on winning $135 million with the media at a press conference in Lansing on April 3. Sneath is pictured with Michigan Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen. (Photo by www.domagalskiphotography.com, courtesy of Michigan Lottery)

To access a high resolution photo of today’s check presentation, go to http://www.michigan.gov/images/lottery/20080401-135000000MegaMillionsWinner-Large_230464_7.jpg.