A $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs on the unluckiest of days – Friday the 13th – could continue the trend of big jackpot wins for Michigan Lottery players.
The Mega Millions game has been particularly lucky for Lottery players in Michigan on Friday the 13th, with four lucky players winning the game’s jackpot on what many consider to be a cursed day. Those four jackpots totaled $171 million in winnings.
- June 13, 2008 – $57 million jackpot, won by a Kent City man
- May 13, 2011 – $27 million jackpot, won by a Kalamazoo man
- June 13, 2014 – $66 million jackpot, won by a Port Huron woman
- Oct. 13, 2017 – $21 million jackpot, won by a Waterford man
Friday’s Mega Millions drawing will be the 26th drawing since the jackpot was last won on Oct. 14. If a lucky player wins the jackpot, it will be the largest prize ever won in Michigan, and the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won.
The Mega Millions jackpot was last won in Michigan in Jan. 2021 when an Oakland County lottery club won $1.05 billion. That jackpot currently holds the record for the largest prize ever won in Michigan and the fifth largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
The growing Mega Millions jackpot is providing a boost to the state School Aid Fund and local businesses. For every $1 spent on Lottery roughly 61 cents goes to prizes, 28 cents goes to the School Aid Fund, 9 cents goes to retailer and vendor commissions, and 2 cents is used for Lottery operations.
Lottery retailers earn a 6% commission on all Lottery sales, and a 2% cashing commission on all prizes players redeem at their location. If a Michigan retailer sells the jackpot winning ticket for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing, they will receive a $50,000 bonus commission.
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. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions tickets may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at any of the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.