(CBS DETROIT) – An Oakland County woman decided to check her spam folder in her email account, and to her surprise, she found an email saying that she had won a $3 million Michigan Lottery Mega Millions prize.

An Oakland County woman won a $3 million Mega Millions prize. | Credit: Michigan Lottery

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Laura Spears, 55, matched the five white balls – 02-05-30-46-61 – in the Dec. 31, 2021, drawing to win a $1 million prize.

The prize was multiplied due to the Megaplier, which players can add for $1 per play to multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

The lucky player bought her winning ticket on MichiganLottery.com.

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“I saw an ad on Facebook that the Mega Millions jackpot was getting pretty high, so I got on my account and bought a ticket,” said Spears. “A few days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I checked the spam folder in my email account.

“That’s when I saw an email from the Lottery saying I had won a prize. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my Lottery account to confirm the message in the email. It’s all still so shocking to me that I really won $3 million!”

Spears plans to share her winnings with her family and retire earlier than initially planned.

“I definitely added the Michigan Lottery to my safe senders list just in case I ever get lucky enough to receive another email about a huge prize,” Spears said.

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