Michigan Lottery play is still roaring, as another seven-figure winner was had in the state.
According to the Lottery, a 56-year-old woman named Yvonne Peterson has come forward to claim a $1 million prize from a Jan. 13 Powerball drawing. Her ticket was in the run up to a Jan. 20 drawing that was worth $731.1 million. The winning ticket was sold in Maryland.
Peterson matched the five white balls – 04-19-23-25-49 – in the drawing to win $1 million. She bought her winning ticket in Ypsilanti. Michiganders are also able to buy their tickets via the internet. The Michigan online lottery has been booming in the COVID-19 era.
“The jackpot was getting up there, so I decided to buy a ticket,” Peterson said, according to the Michigan Lottery. “About a week later I took the ticket in to the store to see if it was a winner. Winning this much is overwhelming but I’m excited to be able to help my family.”
Multi-state lottery games making a comeback
In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Michigan Lottery sold more than $90 million in Powerball tickets and nearly $115 million in Mega Millions tickets, according to an annual report from the state.
The sales represented nearly 5% of total sales for the Michigan Lottery in the most recently completed fiscal year. About $104 million of those multi-state lottery ticket sales were returned to players in the form of prizes.
Sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets were down from from $336.5 million in combined sales from fiscal year 2019. The prizes for the games were slashed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when states across the country were locked down.
The jackpots are reaching huge heights once again. As of Tuesday, May 18, there was an active $475 million Mega Millions jackpot, ninth largest in the game’s history. Peterson’s prize wasn’t even close to the largest won recently in Michigan. A winning $1.05 billion Mega Millions ticket was sold in January in Michigan. It was the third largest lottery prize in U.S. history.