Lotto 47 Jackpot Reaches $6.95 Million

With a jackpot of $6.95 million for Saturday’s Lotto 47 drawing, the long Memorial Day weekend could be a lucky weekend for a Michigan Lottery player.

If a player wins Saturday’s Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won this year, and the largest won since 2013. It also would mark the third time the game’s jackpot has been won in 2015. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

In January, the Lotto 47 jackpot was won twice, with the big wins coming just a week apart.

On Jan. 17, one ticket matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn – 04-06-16-26-33-36 – to win a $3.5 million jackpot. The winning ticket was bought at the Pellston General Store, located at 45 North U.S. 31 in Pellston. One week later, a lucky player matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Jan. 24 – 02-04-14-17-27-30 – to win a $1 million jackpot. That ticket was bought at the E&A Pit Stop, located at 5586 East Apple Avenue in Muskegon.

The winner of the $3.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Jan. 17 has yet to come forward. The winning ticket holder should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Lotto 47 are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

USA designIn observance of Memorial Day, the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing and all Lottery regional offices located in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw and Sterling Heights will be closed on Monday.

All regularly scheduled drawings will continue on Monday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has partnered with may have office hours on Monday, however, they won’t be able to process a claim, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Tuesday at 7:45 am.

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Petoskey Woman Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life Game

Irlene Gardner and her fiancee pose for a photo after collecting Gardner's first $25,000 payment.

Irlene Gardner and her fiancee pose for a photo after collecting Gardner’s first $25,000 payment.

A Petoskey woman can look forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Irlene Gardner matched the five white balls drawn on May 4 – 10-28-36-45-48 – to win the $25,000 a year for life prize. Gardner bought her winning ticket at the Meijer gas station, located at 2141 South U.S. 131 in Petoskey.

“We were stunned when we checked the ticket the next morning,” said Gardner while at Lottery headquarters with her fiancée. “We missed winning the game’s $1,000 a day for life top prize by just one number!”

Gardner and her fiancée recently welcomed a baby girl to their family, and discovered they were big winners during an early morning feeding.

“I was feeding my daughter about 5 the morning after the drawing and decided to check my ticket,” Gardner said. “For a minute I thought I was dreaming, I started yelling and woke my fiancée up. We both checked, and re-checked the ticket.

“Normally I put my daughter back to bed after she is done eating in the morning, but there was too much excitement to do that. We all stayed up and went to check the ticket at the Meijer gas station make sure we had a winner!”

The ticket scanner at the Meijer gas station confirmed the good news. The family hid the ticket in a jewelry box for safe keeping until heading to Lansing to collect their prize.

Gardner, 32, choose to receive payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater. She could have chosen a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000.

“I was planning to be a stay-at-home mother and this will take some of the financial pressure off our shoulders,” she said. “It’s just so comforting to know we will have this money coming every year.”

“It’s the best $2 investment we’ve ever made!” added Gardener’s fiancée.

Michigan players have won nearly $4.3 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including three $25,000 a year for life winners, and 21 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing more than 15,000 winners on average in Michigan.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™ Instant Game Coming to Michigan

MI Monopoly Millionaires Club 740Michigan Lottery players soon will have a chance to win up to $300,000 and a trip to Las Vegas with the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game.

For just $5 per ticket, the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. All told, the game features more than $12 million in prizes.

The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game also features a second chance drawing that will give lucky players a chance to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and an opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs in each hour-long show.

Players must enter ticket codes from their Monopoly Millionaires’ Club tickets at http://www.playmmc.com to be eligible for the second chance drawing.

The TV game show is hosted by “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell and may be viewed in Michigan on the following stations: WKBD (Detroit), WXMI (Grand Rapids), WHTV (Lansing), WSYM (Lansing), WBSF (Flint), WGTU (Traverse City), WJMN (Marquette), and WMKG (Muskegon). Air times vary, so players should check local listings for details.

Michigan is one of several states to offer a Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game, which replaces a previously offered draw game. Tickets for the game will be available to players across the state in early June.

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Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $6.65 Million

Lotto 47 with EZMatchWith a jackpot of $6.65 million, tonight’s Lotto 47 drawing could fill up the bank account of a lucky Michigan Lottery player.

If a player wins Wednesday’s Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won this year, and the largest won since 2013. It also would mark the third time the game’s jackpot has been won in 2015. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

In January, the Lotto 47 jackpot was won twice, with the big wins coming just a week apart.

On Jan. 17, one ticket matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn – 04-06-16-26-33-36 – to win a $3.5 million jackpot. The winning ticket was bought at the Pellston General Store, located at 45 North U.S. 31 in Pellston. One week later, a lucky player matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Jan. 24 – 02-04-14-17-27-30 – to win a $1 million jackpot. That ticket was bought at the E&A Pit Stop, located at 5586 East Apple Avenue in Muskegon.

The winner of the $3.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Jan. 17 has yet to come forward. The winning ticket holder should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Lotto 47 are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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