LANSING, March 24, 2000 — An avid golfer from Clinton Township found himself winning at more than just golf this past Saturday! The lucky man was one of two jackpot winners in the March 18 Michigan Rolldown drawing, earning him half of the $41,078 jackpot prize pool! The winning numbers for that day’s drawing were: 5, 9, 21, 25 and 31. The other lucky ticket-holder has yet to come forward to claim his or her $20,539 prize.
In total for the March 18 Michigan Rolldown drawing, there were 43,711 winners who shared $140,470 in prizes. In addition to the two jackpot winners, there were 168 winners who matched four numbers for a prize of $100; 4,339 winners who matched three numbers for a prize of $10; and 39,202 winners who matched two numbers for the $1 prize.
"I saw the winning Rolldown numbers in the Sunday paper," the winner said. "I could hardly believe what I was seeing. I was very excited to see that I had won!"
The 57-year-old winner, who requested anonymity, purchased the winning Michigan Rolldown "easy pick" ticket at Schotts Super Market, 16659 E. 14 Mile Road, in Fraser. He said he plans to invest part of his winnings and use the rest to do some traveling.
Prior to turning the winning ticket in at the Lottery’s regional office in Sterling Heights, the buyer for General Motors in Warren said he kept it in a kitchen cabinet to ensure its safety.
Michigan Rolldown’s first drawing was held Monday, February 28, 2000. Drawings are conducted six days a week — Monday through Saturday — at 7:28 p.m., and the cost to play is $1 per wager. Tickets are available at the more than 6,400 Lottery retailers statewide.
The feature that makes Michigan Rolldown unique among other Michigan Lottery games is the "roll down" feature, ensuring that all of the prize money will be paid out each and every night. In the event that no player matches all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot, that prize money "rolls down" to players who match four of five numbers, giving them an even bigger win!
To play Michigan Rolldown, players select five numbers from a field of 33, or use the "easy pick" feature in which the computer terminal randomly picks five of 33 numbers. Odds to match all five numbers are 1 in 237,336, with overall odds to win a cash prize of 1 in 6.
Cash prizes are awarded for matching five, four, three and even two numbers. These top three prizes are pari-mutuel and, therefore, may vary from drawing to drawing. Pari-mutuel prizes are based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners matching five, four and three numbers. The prize for matching two numbers is always $1.