LANSING, May 4, 2000 – As of 11 a.m. (Eastern) today, lottery officials for The Big Game announced that – due to very strong ticket sales throughout the seven Big Game states – the estimated jackpot for Friday, May 5 has been increased by $20 million!
The jackpot for tomorrow night’s Big Game drawing now sits at a record $220 million!
"Michigan is definitely in unchartered jackpot territory!" said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer. "It’s been very busy at Lottery retailers throughout the state as players try their luck at becoming the state’s newest multimillionaire. We can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow night!"
If one winning ticket matches all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing and the player has selected annuity payments over 26 years, the $220 million jackpot would amount to pre-tax payments of roughly:
- $8.46 million per year;
- $162,721 per week; or
- $23,245 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 $111 million (before taxes), the estimated present cash value of Friday’s $220,000,000 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.