Everett Atwood, of Cedar Springs, buys a lottery ticket almost every Friday from the Liquor Hut, located near the corner of Main and W. Maple in Cedar Springs. Last Friday, he hit pay dirt. Atwood was the lucky winner of $250,000 after purchasing a Mega Millions ticket.
The long time Lottery player and his wife are looking forward to purchasing their first home together and buying a new car. “The kids are getting anything they want for Christmas this year!” said Atwood.
According to the Michigan Lottery, 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 2011, the contribution to schools was over $717 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed over $16 billion to education in Michigan.