The $311 million jackpot is the third-largest Powerball jackpot this year. In January, three tickets purchased in California, Florida, and Tennessee split a world record $1.6 billion jackpot. In May, a lottery club from New Jersey won a $429.6 million jackpot.
Powerball has been a lucrative game for Michigan Lottery players in 2016. Nine Michigan players have won the game’s $1 million prize.
The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot in September 2015.
If a Michigan player win’s tonight’s $311 million jackpot, it would be the second-largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.
Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for tonight’s drawing. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Powerball tickets until 9:45 p.m. on today.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.