A Macomb County man nearly missed out on a $261,935 Monthly Jackpot Progressive Prize from the Michigan Lottery.
The lucky 62-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $261,935 after he was selected in a random drawing that took place March 8. He earned entries into the giveaway by playing the eligible Monthly Jackpot games online at MichiganLottery.com. For more information regarding eligible Monthly Jackpot games, please visit https://bit.ly/40JYgNZ.
“I knew that by playing the Monthly Jackpot games, I was earning entries into a second chance drawing, but I never expected to win,” said the player. “I got a letter in the mail from the Lottery informing me that they had been trying to reach me regarding a $261,935 Monthly Jackpot Progressive prize I had won. I freaked out when I saw how much I’d won, but I was a little hesitant on if it was real.
“I went through my email and phone and saw I had missed the emails and phone calls regarding the prize, and that the deadline to submit my paperwork was the next day. I called the Lottery right away and got my paperwork in so that I wouldn’t miss out on the prize. I am so relieved I received the letter and was able to claim my winnings!”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He plans to save his winnings for retirement.
“Winning is a fantastic feeling and will allow me to retire earlier than I planned,” the player said.
The Monthly Jackpot, Mystery Vault, Lucky Start, and Michigan Multiplier Wilds online instant games include a second chance progressive jackpot drawing. Part of every purchase of the games funds one 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, Mystery Vault, Lucky Start, and Michigan Multiplier Wilds games. After the entry period has closed, a random drawing takes place with one jackpot winner being selected from all entries for that month.
11 Monthly Jackpot Progressive prizes have been awarded since the game began in April 2022:
- February 2023 – $261,935 progressive jackpot prize
- January 2023 – $403,618 progressive jackpot prize
- December 2022 – $125,514 progressive jackpot prize
- November 2022 – $110,689 progressive jackpot prize
- October 2022 – $97,885 progressive jackpot prize
- September 2022 – $99,821 progressive jackpot prize
- August 2022 – $104,730 progressive jackpot prize
- July 2022 – $121,668 progressive jackpot prize
- June 2022 – $139,221 progressive jackpot prize
- May 2022 – $178,116 progressive jackpot prize
- April 2022 – $338,256 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 April 12.