A Michigan Lottery game has blown past a record that stood since 2008.
According to the state lottery, the game Lotto 47 has a jackpot of $27.1 million for Wednesday’s drawing. The pot is the largest since the game had a $23.6 million prize 12 years ago. The game is only available for play inside the state of Michigan, whether through a retail location or via the Michigan Lottery’s online platform.
The previous record jackpot for the game was won by a Macomb County player on March 1, 2008.
The Michigan Lottery is subtly suggesting that players play online if they can. “Players who choose to visit a Lottery retailer are asked to follow safety precautions, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing guidelines,” the lottery said in a presser announcing the record pot.
The Lotto 47 game can be played for $1.
How to play Lotto 47
Lotto 47 is easy. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and growing until someone wins it.
For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. For another $1 add-on, players can add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.
Double Play was implemented in January 2019, which helps explain the level of the current jackpot.
Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m local time. Tickets can be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.
The Michigan Lottery is set to soon see competition from online casinos operated by the commercial casinos in Detroit and the tribal casino operators around the state. Online gambling from the casinos is expected to kick off in December, but it could slide into early 2021.