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Cheboygan woman wins $1 million prize

Brenda Jewell

Drawing Date: 2/13/2018

February 15, 2018 - A Cheboygan, Mich., woman felt ill after learning she’d won a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Brenda Jewell, 49, matched the five white balls drawn – 05-12-15-46-49 – in Tuesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. She bought the winning ticket at Dave’s Place, located at 9851 North Straits Highway in Cheboygan.

“I checked my numbers and just felt shaky and sick,” said Jewell. “I’ve played for years and dreamed of winning, but you never think it’s going to happen to you.

“I called my husband and daughter right away. My husband didn’t believe me at first and told me to call the Lottery office before he left work to make sure I had won.”

Jewell visited Michigan Lottery headquarters with her husband on Wednesday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she’s going to take a vacation with her husband, build a new house, and then save the remainder.

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet that I won. I can’t wait to be debt free and be able to actually breathe and not worry about my finances,” Jewell said.