LANSING, March 24, 2000 — Michigan Lottery players continue to win big with the Lottery’s newest game, Michigan Rolldown! There were two lucky jackpot winners in the March 17 Michigan Rolldown drawing — one from Romulus and the other from Lansing. The winning numbers for that drawing were: 8, 12, 14, 27 an 32.
The total jackpot prize pool for the March 17 drawing was $47,478, so each jackpot winner received $23,739, before taxes. In total for the March 17 Rolldown drawing, there were 49,522 winners who shared $160,126 in prizes. In addition to the two jackpot winners, there were 184 winners who matched four numbers for a prize of $105; 4,888 winners who matched three numbers for a prize of $10; and 44,448 winners who matched two numbers for the $1 prize.
The 43-year-old winner from Romulus, who requested anonymity, said he has been playing Michigan Lottery games for the past 25 years and he truly enjoys the wide variety of games offered.
Prior to turning the winning ticket in at the Lottery’s regional office in Redford Township, the lucky man said he placed it in an envelope and kept it in a kitchen cupboard to ensure its safety.
The United Parcel Service employee purchased the winning Michigan Rolldown "easy pick" ticket at Awad Market, 18435 Telegraph Road, in Romulus. The winner, an avid golfer and bowler, said he plans to use part of his winnings to pay bills and save the rest.
The other winner in the March 17 Michigan Rolldown drawing, a Lansing woman, said she got to the Lottery office as fast as she could to collect her prize!
"Once I learned I had won, I hot-footed it over to the Lottery office to collect my prize," she said. The 64-year-old winner, who requested anonymity, said she doesn’t have any special plans for her winnings just yet. The lucky lady purchased the winning Michigan Rolldown "easy pick" ticket at Gormans Food Market, 2800 N. Grand River Ave., in Lansing.
When not undertaking woodworking projects, the retired teacher said she enjoys playing Michigan Lottery games. She added that her favorites are Michigan Lotto, The Big Game and, of course, Michigan Rolldown!
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.