Michigan man hits $17 million Lotto 47 jackpot

Posted at 11:37 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 13:20:31-04

(WXYZ) — A Michigan man hit a $17 million Lotto 47 jackpot last month, the Michigan Lottery announced on Thursday.

The 57-year-old player from Ogemaw County matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn on Aug. 24 – 05-15-21-28-38-43. He bought the ticket at the Checkered Flag Party Store in West Branch.

“I usually buy a Lotto 47 ticket every Friday along with a Mega Millions ticket,” the man said. “For whatever reason, I forgot to get the Lotto 47 ticket, so Saturday morning I was on my way by the party store and decided to stop and play my numbers.

“I got up Sunday and checked my ticket with my phone. As soon as I realized I’d matched all six numbers all I could say was: ‘Oh my god!’”

The man visited lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim the prize and remain anonymous. He chose a one-time lump sum payment of around $10.8 million rather than 30
The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $10.8 million, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings he plans to buy a new house and then save the remainder.

“Winning brings a lot of financial relief, but also a lot of responsibility. I’m going to be smart with this money so it lasts for my family,” the player said.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows 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 an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at a retailer or online at until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.