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Posted on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 11:48 a.m.

Pinckney couple collect $250K Mega Millions lottery prize

By Paula Gardner

(This story has been updated to reflect the correct drawing date.)

Michigan's winners of $250,000 prizes in recent Mega Millions lottery drawings are starting to collect, including a couple from Pinckney, according to a report on


Erik Hennigan collected his prize with his fiancee, who wasn't named by Michigan Lottery officials.

From the Michigan Lottery

Erik Hennigan and his fiancee - who wasn't named by lottery officials - collected their winnings on Monday.

They used a personal formula to choose the winning combination for the March 20 drawing.

From the MLive story:

"If we had played the age we will be when we get married (30) as our Mega number, we would have won the jackpot," (Hennigan) told the lottery.

That jackpot: $241 million, a bit shy of the record-setting $656 million.

Read the full story.



Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 4:35 p.m.

Now here are some real hero. Thank you for everything.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

Of course she wasn't named by Michigan Lottery officials. Her parents did that years ago.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 10:01 p.m.

Congrats! Make sure you donate some to a good cause, keep that good karma flowing your way.

Homeland Conspiracy

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

Mom, Dad... I'm your long lost son


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

He's getting married. It's as good as gone... lol! Congratulations to both and what a nice way to begin their lives together.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

But... 30 wasn't the mega number...


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

I know. This comment is outdated. I was the one who pointed out the error and they removed my comment that said so, but I'm unable to delete this one.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

They won in an earlier drawing. They just claimed it recently.

Monica R-W

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.


Berda Green

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6 p.m.


Dog Guy

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

Will the Barnstormer be ready for a really big wedding reception?

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:40 p.m.


Abby Rosenbaum

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

oh damn, I knew I shoulda bought some tickets......


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

Congrats you two, enjoy your windfall!

Amanda Zee

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:24 p.m.

Wasn't 23 the mega number?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

They won in an earlier drawing. They just claimed it recently.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

They meant in dog years


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

I think it was. Strange.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

That's wonderful. Good for them.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

can I borrow 20 bucks?

Bertha Venation

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

Congratulations, Erik. Don't spend it all in one place! :)