Forget about 13 being an unlucky number. As 2013 comes to a close, the winners of the Michigan Lottery’s top 13 prizes to date collected more than $130 million.
The biggest winner of the lucky 13 was Dick Zelasko, of Troy, who won $80 million in the July 5 Mega Millions drawing on a ticket purchased at John’s Market in Troy. On Feb. 5, Judy Juntunen, of Atlantic Mine in the Upper Peninsula, hit a $19 Mega Millions jackpot with a ticket purchased at Festival Foods in Houghton.
A Classic Lotto 47 ticket purchased at Bonser’s of Custer in Mason County turned out to be the winner for $13.3 million jackpot in the Aug. 14 drawing. The winner preferred to remain anonymous.
A Classic Lotto 47 jackpot of nearly $6 million — $5,962,965, to be exact – ranks No. 4 on the lucky 13 list. That winning ticket for that Feb. 13 drawing was sold at Mack & Vernier, in Woodhaven. The winner preferred to remain anonymous.
No. 5 on the lucky 13 list is a $2.2 million prize in the $5 Cash for Life game. The winning ticket for that instant game was sold at the Meijer store in Hartland. The winner preferred to remain anonymous.
While the $130 million total for the top 13 prizes so far in 2013 is impressive, Michigan Lottery players still have more than two weeks and plenty of opportunities to get on that list.
The biggest jackpot available is the $400 Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs in tonight’s drawing. Players must purchase their tickets by 10:45 p.m. to be entered in the 11 p.m. drawing.
The Powerball drawing for Saturday night offers a $40 million jackpot and the Classic Lotto 47 jackpot for the same night has edged past the $1 million mark, to $1,050,000.
The Michigan Lottery also is offering some instant games with top prizes of $1 million or more. The Hot Millions game was launched earlier this month in time for the holiday gift giving season. Giving someone one of the $20 tickets could turn in to an unforgettable $1 million holiday surprise.
The top 13 Michigan Lottery prizes in 2013 claimed through Thursday are:
1. $80 million Mega Millions jackpot on July 5. Winner: Dick Zelasko, of Southfield. Winning ticket sold at John’s Market, in Troy.
2. $19 million Mega Millions jackpot on Feb. 5. Winner: Judy Juntunen, of Atlantic Mine. Winning ticket sold at Festival Foods, in Houghton.
3. $13.3 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Aug. 14. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at Bonser’s of Custer, in Custer.
4. $5.9 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Feb. 13. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at Mack & Vernier, in Woodhaven.
5. $2.2 million in $5 Cash for Life instant game. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at Meijer, in Hartland.
6. $2 million Powerball prize on Feb. 23. Winner: Michael McMillan, of Southgate. Ticket sold at Eureka Gas & Food, in Southgate.
7. $1.9 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Sept. 21. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at AMR & Sons Petro Mart in Macomb County’s Clinton Township.
8. $1.3 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Nov. 6. Winner: Joseph Palmarchuk, of Barryton. Ticket sold at Pitt’s Stop, in Barryton.
9. $1.2 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot on Oct. 9. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at Spirit Plus, in Dearborn.
10. $1 million Powerball prize on April 3. Winner: Mid Michigan Revocable Trust. Ticket sold at Harbor Drugs, in Harbor Beach.
11. $1 million in Halloween Millions Raffle on Nov. 1. Winner: Raymond Draus, of Saginaw. Ticket sold at Mejer, in Saginaw.
12. $885,684 in $2 Cash for Life instant game. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at Ryan Amoco, in Warren.
13. $500,580 Fantasy 5 jackpot on July 19. Winner: Anonymous. Ticket sold at the Farmington Liquor Store, in Farmington Hills.