Michigan Man Plays Same Lotto Numbers For 30 Years, Wins $18.4M

Michigander finally takes home the pot in game with 1-in-10.7 million odds
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A Michigan man finally had his commitment to a set of lottery numbers pay off.

According to the Michigan Lottery on Wednesday, an unidentified 61-year-old man from Roscommon County recently won an $18.41 million prize from the Lotto 47 jackpot game, which can be played both in person and through the online lottery. The gambler in this case bought the ticket in a brick-and-mortar store in the town of Prudenville, situated in the northern part of the Wolverine State.

“I have been playing this set of numbers since 1991 and have rarely missed a drawing,” said the big winner, whose identity was not revealed in a Michigan Lottery press release. “I’ve thought several times about trying a new set of numbers, but decided each time to keep playing this one. I checked my numbers before I went to bed the night of the drawing. When I recognized the set of numbers, I checked my ticket over at least a dozen times. I was shocked.”

The numbers he had played for three decades were 03-05-10-20-28-31. In announcing the man’s massive win, the Michigan Lottery didn’t explain the significance of those numbers. The Lottery added that the player took a lump-sum payment of $11.7 million.

How much did he spend over the years?

The game requires only a $1 purchase, with an additional $1 “double play” option. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot that starts at $1 million and grows until someone wins. For an additional $1 per play, the 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, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

The odds of matching all six numbers for the jackpot are 1-in-10,737,573. For the regular drawing, there’s a 1-in-47 chance of winning some sort of prize, which can be as modest as a $5 payout. The same odds exist for the double play drawing, and the odds are 1-in-5 for winning something in the EZMatch.

We have no idea how much the lucky winner spent on his set of numbers over the years, but based on the cost of playing the game and assuming he didn’t play any other numbers, the maximum he could have spent on Lotto 47 and its previous version was around $9,360 ($6/week by 52 weeks by 30 years). Lotto 47 officially replaced a very similar draw-style game in 2005.

Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m EST.

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