LANSING, May 3, 2000 – Lottery officials announced that no winning ticket correctly matched all six winning numbers — 3, 33, 36, 42, 43 and the Big Money Ball number, 13 — in the May 2, 2000 Big Game drawing, pushing the jackpot for May 5 to an estimated $200 million — the largest jackpot in Big Game history!
One lucky Michigan Lottery player did correctly match the first five numbers in that drawing to win the $150,000 prize, however. That winning ticket was sold at Meijer Inc. #46, 8650 W. Grand River Ave., in Brighton (Livingston County). The winner has not yet come forward to claim the prize.
"The Big Game is certainly living up to its name this week," said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer. "We are seeing people buying Big Game tickets who have never purchased them before. And why not? One dollar could make you an instant multi-millionaire!"
If one winning ticket matches all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing and the player has selected annuity payments over 26 years, the $200 million jackpot would amount to pre-tax payments of roughly:
- $7.69 million per year;
- $147,928 per week; or
- $21,132 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 $101 million (before taxes), the estimated present cash value of Friday’s $200,000,000 jackpot!
Big Game tickets are available in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Friday’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: www.theofficialbiggame.com.
NOTE TO EDITORS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS: Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer is available for interviews about The Big Game; please call Sarah Lapshan at (517) 335-5648 to schedule.