A Washtenaw County man claimed his $99,821 Monthly Jackpot progressive prize from the Michigan Lottery one day before the forfeiture date.
The lucky 70-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $99,821 after he was selected in a random drawing that took place Oct. 5. He earned entries into the giveaway by playing the Monthly Jackpot game online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I have been playing the Monthly Jackpot game a lot because of the second chance component,” said the player. “When I saw the email notifying me that I had won the second chance jackpot, I thought it was a scam email, so I deleted it. After that I got a few more emails regarding the prize and even a voicemail from the Lottery, but I didn’t think much of it because I still thought it was a scam.
“I was going through my email a few days later and came across one of the emails again. I saw the deadline to contact the Lottery was approaching and if I didn’t claim my prize by the deadline, I would forfeit it, so I decided to reach out to the Lottery just in case the email was legitimate. When they confirmed the prize was real, I was so surprised and thankful that I decided to call!”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his home and retire.
Monthly Jackpot is an online instant game that includes a second chance progressive jackpot drawing. Part of every purchase of the Monthly Jackpot game funds a progressive jackpot prize which is awarded in a second chance drawing each month. Players earn one entry for every $0.50 wagered playing the Monthly Jackpot game. After the entry period has closed, a random drawing takes place with one jackpot winner being selected from all entries for that month.
Six Monthly Jackpot Progressive prizes have been awarded since the game began in April:
- April 2022 – $338,256 progressive jackpot prize
- May 2022 – $178,116 progressive jackpot prize
- June 2022 – $139,221 progressive jackpot prize
- July 2022 – $121,668 progressive jackpot prize
- August 2022 – $104,730 progressive jackpot prize
- September 2022 – $99,821 progressive jackpot prize
Entries are only valid for the entry period in which they were earned. Each month, a new drawing period begins, and the progressive jackpot is reset to $5,000. The next drawing will take place Nov. 9.