It could be a very happy holiday weekend for Michigan Lottery players with large Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots up for grabs. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $247 million and Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is $300 million.
If a Michigan player win’s Friday’s $247 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize won in the state. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million. The Stebbins’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan. The cash option for Friday’s jackpot is about $155 million.
Saturday’s $300 million jackpot is the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in 2017. In August, a Massachusetts woman won $758.7 million. The cash option for Saturday’s jackpot is about $191 million.
If a Michigan player wins Saturday’s $300 million jackpot, it would be the third-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. In September 2015, Julie Leach, of Three Rivers won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot.
Players have plenty of time to purchase tickets for both drawings. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Mega Millions tickets until 10:45 p.m. Friday. Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for both games also may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com.
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.
Powerball drawings take place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.