LANSING, May 6, 2000 – No one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s Big Game drawing, pushing the jackpot for Tuesday (May 9) to a new level of lottery excitement! The estimated jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is $300 million, exceeding the country’s previous lottery jackpot high of $295.7 million, set in a July 1998 Powerball drawing.
"I don’t think anyone expected a jackpot run like this!" said Michigan Lottery Commissioner Don Gilmer. "There has been so much great coverage of The Big Game that I think people who don’t usually play lottery games are even trying their luck. I truly hope that when the jackpot is finally hit, Michigan Lottery players are a big, big part of it!"
The winning Big Game numbers for Friday, May 5, 2000, were:
6, 8, 16, 30, 32, and the Big Money Ball number was 26.
Although no one collected the estimated $230 million jackpot last night, there were 43 tickets that correctly matched the first five numbers for a prize of $150,000. Six of those tickets were sold by Michigan Lottery retailers:
- Matthew’s Liquor, 6400 Summit St., in Erie (Monroe County)
- Woodward Palmer, 5730 Woodward Ave., in Detroit (Wayne County)
- Cox Beer Store, 6201 Lewis Ave., in Temperance (Monroe County)
- The Cellars, 150 W. Congress St., #12, in Detroit (Wayne County)
- Demonds Super Valu, 237 Center St., in Douglas (Allegan County)
- Country Deli & Wine Shop, 7341 N. Lilley Road, in Canton (Wayne County)
If one winning ticket matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing and the player has selected annuity payments over 26 years, the $300 million jackpot would amount to pre-tax payments of roughly:
- $11.53 million per year;
- $221,893 per week; or
- $31,699 per day!
For those who prefer to take their cash winnings up-front, it’s an exceptional payday as well. If one lucky cash-option player matches all six winning numbers, he or she will take home a check for approximately $150 million (before taxes), the estimated present cash value of Tuesday’s $300,000,000 jackpot. (The Michigan Lottery is required by law to withhold estimated federal tax of 28 percent and estimated state tax of 4.2 percent, on any prize over $5,000.)
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: www.theofficialbiggame.com.