LANSING, May 1, 2000 – As of 11 a.m. (Eastern) today, lottery officials for The Big Game announced that – due to solid ticket sales – the estimated jackpot for May 2, has been increased by $10 million! The jackpot for tomorrow night’s Big Game drawing now sits at $150 million!
"This is fantastic news for Big Game players throughout Michigan and all of The Big Game states," said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer. "I suspect that talk around the water cooler is focused on The Big Game today; it’s a lot of fun to imagine what you could do with a jackpot of this level."
If one winning ticket matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing and the player has selected annuity payments over 26 years, the $150 million jackpot would amount to pre-tax payments of roughly:
- $5.77 million per year;
- $110,946 per week; or
- $15,849 per day!
For those who prefer to take their cash winnings up-front, it’s a pretty nice payday as well. If one lucky cash-option player matches all six winning numbers, he or she will take home a check for approximately $76 million (before taxes), the estimated present cash value of Tuesday’s $150,000,000 jackpot!
Big Game tickets are available in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Tuesday’s drawing will be conducted at 11 p.m. and broadcast on cable superstation WGN out of Chicago as well as a network of Michigan stations (check local listings). For more information, you can also visit The Big Game’s new Web site at: