From car wash to Mega Millions: Michigan woman wins $1 million

A trip to a gas station leads to a jackpot.

From car wash to Mega Millions: Michigan woman wins $1 million
Louise Adams's $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket. Photograph credit to the Michigan Lottery.

Imagine this: you stop for a car wash, and it turns into a million-dollar moment! That's exactly what happened to Louise Adams, a 77-year-old from Jackson, Michigan.

A casual Mega Millions ticket purchase led to a life-changing $1 million windfall, proving that sometimes, the biggest wins come from unexpected places.

How did Adams score this lucky break? She wasn't a regular lottery player, but a quick stop at Kelly's Express Mart for a car wash presented the perfect opportunity.

She said:

I play Mega Millions here and there, so when I stopped at the gas station to get a car wash, I decided to buy a ticket. A few days later, I looked up the winning numbers online and saw I'd matched five, but I didn't know how much I'd won. I took the ticket to a retailer, and the worker looked at it, wrote something on a piece of paper, and then slipped the paper across the counter to me. When I looked at it and saw $1 million written down, I was speechless! Winning truly feels like a miracle.

This story is a reminder that a small investment can lead to a big reward. Adams plans to share her winnings with her family, proving that good fortune can bring joy to those you love.

Mega Millions in a nutshell

Here's the scoop on Mega Millions and how you can play for your own shot at becoming a millionaire.

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with a starting jackpot that grows with every ticket sold. To play, it's simple:

  • Pick your numbers: Choose five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the Mega Ball).
  • Feeling lucky? For an extra dollar per play, you can add the "Megaplier" option. This multiplier can boost your non-jackpot winnings by up to five times!
  • Cost per play: Just $2! Tickets are available in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Drawing days: Mark your calendars for Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 PM ET - that's when the winning numbers are drawn.

Feeling inspired? Play Mega Millions today!

The next Mega Millions drawing could be your chance to win big. Head to your local lottery retailer, pick your numbers, and who knows, you might be celebrating your own car wash windfall!

Remember, nearly 97 cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery tickets goes back to the community, supporting education and other important initiatives through the Michigan Lottery.


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