The lottery isn’t a skill game, but apparently you can boost your odds in one particular game by playing this Friday, the 13th, in the state of Michigan.
According to a news release from the Michigan Lottery, players in the Wolverine State actually run hot in the Mega Millions on the so-called unlucky day. The Mega Millions is a national game, with players in Michigan being able to participate online from home or anywhere else.
“The Mega Millions game has been particularly lucky for Lottery players on Friday the 13th,” the agency said of its internal data. “Since 2003, Lottery players have won more than $171 million in jackpots from Friday the 13th drawings.”
That total does seem noteworthy considering there are just 1.72 Friday the 13ths on average per calendar year. That would mean about 31 of those days since 2003 have averaged about $5.5 million in winnings for Michigan players. That’s just Mega Millions, too. The Michigan Lottery didn’t provide any data on winnings from regular Fridays, but we’ll assume by the choice of the words “particularly lucky” there’s truth to Mega Millions players actually performing better than average on these days.
Jackpots hit, not just smaller wins for Michiganders
Per the Michigan Lottery, four players have hit the Mega Millions overall jackpot on Friday the 13th. The most recent of those winners was Kevin Blake of Waterford, who split a $42 million pot with another player in Rhode Island in 2017. After taxes, Blake took home $9.3 million.
Four jackpot wins in a national lottery game like Mega Millions out of 31 Friday the 13th drawings since 2003 does seem to qualify as being particularly lucky for people in Michigan.
The Mega Millions drawing this Friday is an estimated $225 million. Earlier this year in January, a single winning ticket to the more than $1 billion Mega Millions drawing was sold near Detroit. Four people came forward to claim the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Mega Millions also awards smaller prizes, ranging from $10,000 to $1 million.
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.
Maybe people in Michigan want to throw a few bucks in this Friday alongside their sports bets? Just make sure you place your bets with an umbrella opened indoors and you’re holding a black cat.