LANSING, April 9, 2001 – As of 11 a.m. (Eastern) today, lottery officials for The Big Game announced that – due to strong ticket sales throughout the seven Big Game states – the estimated jackpot for Tuesday, April 9 has been increased by $2 million!
The jackpot for tonight’s Big Game drawing now sits at $155 million!
"It’s been very busy at Lottery retailers throughout the state as players try their luck at becoming the state’s newest multimillionaire," Acting Lottery Commissioner James Kipp said. "We can’t wait to see what happens tonight!"
If one winning ticket matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing and the player has selected annuity payments over 26 years, the $155 million jackpot would amount to pre-tax payments of roughly:
- $5.96 million per year;
- $114,644 per week; or
- $16,377 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 $82.5 million (before taxes), the estimated present cash value of Tuesday’s $155 million 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 Web site at: www.theofficialbiggame.com.