Lotto And Big Game Jackpots Climb By Millions, As Two $150,000 Big Game Prizes Sit Unclaimed!

LANSING, March 26, 1998 – Michigan may be under the spell of spring fever but Michigan Lottery players have a case of jackpot fever!

This weekend could hold millions in prizes for some lucky Michigan Lottery players – if they find the right number combination.  No one matched all six numbers in last night’s Michigan Lotto jackpot, driving Saturday’s (March 28) jackpot to an estimated $20 million!

Twenty million isn’t enough for you?  Maybe The Big Game is more your style! Friday’s (March 27) jackpot sits at an estimated $35 million!

"The jackpots are growing and player excitement is growing," said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Bill Martin.  "When the jackpots reach levels like this, it’s always fun to imagine what you would do with a multimillion-dollar payout."

If one player matches all six Big Game numbers in tomorrow night’s drawing, the winner would receive $1,750,000 a year for 20 years, before taxes.  A sole winning ticket in the Michigan Lotto drawing would earn the winner an annual pre-tax payment of $800,000 for 25 years.

The largest Michigan Lotto jackpot in Lottery history was a $45.8 million prize split by three winners in the February 25, 1995 drawing.  The largest Big Game prize won by a Michigan Lottery player was the $45.6 million jackpot in the January 24, 1997 drawing – shared by the 17-member "Friends Forever" lottery club of Jackson.

Amid all the jackpot excitement, two $150,000 Big Game prizes remain unclaimed and time is quickly running out.  In the March 28, 1997 Big Game drawing, there were five Michigan Lottery players who matched the first five numbers for a $150,000 prize.  Two of those prizes were never claimed by their rightful owners.

The winning numbers in the March 28, 1997 Big Game drawing were: 1, 43, 47, 48, 50, and the Big Money Ball number was 17.  The unclaimed winning tickets were sold at:

Arbor Drugs Inc. #20

Mike’s Party Store #3

4299 Orchard Lake Road

24623 Michigan Ave.

West Bloomfield


Michigan Lottery winners have one year from the draw date to claim a prize. However, since the one-year anniversary of this draw date falls on a Saturday, the winners will have until the close of business Monday, March 30, to collect their winnings.

Since the Lottery’s inception in 1972, more than $230 million in prizes has gone unclaimed.  All unclaimed prizes, as well as all Lottery net revenue, are transferred to the state School Aid Fund.

For more information on unclaimed prizes, please call (517) 335-5640.

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