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Megaplier boosts $1 million prize to $5 million for a lucky Oakland County man

David Kalanik

Drawing Date: 4/3/2015

April 13, 2015 – Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1 million prize into a $5 million prize for a lucky Oakland County (Michigan) man. David Kalanik stopped at the City Liquor store, located at 30444 West 8 Mile in Farmington Hills, Mich., to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option. His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 – 10-36-47-63-74 – good for a $1 million win prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, his prize was multiplied by five for a $5 million prize.

“I checked my ticket the morning after the drawing and just sat there in disbelief,” said Kalanik. “I called my wife in to confirm I had won because I just couldn’t believe my eyes.”

At first, Kalanik’s wife thought he was playing a late April Fool’s Day joke until she took a closer look. “We were both elated. The winning numbers were on the top line of the ticket and I didn’t even bother to check the rest of the numbers,” said Kalanik.

“I don’t always play Mega Millions, but when I do I add the Megaplier. Having a shot at winning a multimillion dollar prize is the reason I like to play.”

The 54-year-old Kalanik took a week to meet with a financial advisor before coming to Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim his prize. He plans to invest his newfound wealth for his retirement.

“Winning Mega Millions has been a great experience, but we plan to continue living the way we always have. Winning won’t change our lives, but will help us be more comfortable,” said Kalanik.