24-Year-Old Single Mom Collects $66 Million Jackpot

Aug. 1, 2014 – Twenty-four-year-old Kelsey Zachow was working as a bartender and as a medical assistant at a hospital to support her 7-month-old son, her boyfriend, and his 5-year-old daughter. On the unluckiest day of the June – Friday the 13th – everything changed for Zachow when she matched the six winning numbers drawn in that night’s Mega Millions drawing. It wasn’t until 10 days later that Zachow went to check her tickets at a local retailer, and the cashier said she had a big win on her hands. After checking the winning numbers in her car outside that retailer, Zachow said “could barely breathe,” as she rushed home to share the good news. “I was screaming ‘I won!  I won!’ at the top of my lungs… I was yelling so much [my boyfriend] thought I had been in a car accident or hit someone on my way home,” she said.  “He finally looked at the ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes.” Zachow’s Mega Millions ticket –  a Quick Pick – matched the five white numbers, 7, 38, 46, 49, 56 and the Mega Ball, 1, to win her $66 million jackpot. At a press conference at the Michigan Lottery Thursday, Zachow opted for the one-time, lump sum cash option for her prize.  After taxes, she’ll receive about $27 million. Zachow said she used the six weeks since her win to gather a team of financial advisers and lawyers to help her manage her newfound wealth. She told Michigan Lottery officials and members of the media at Thursday’s press conference that she had planned to continue working, but when she spoke with her bosses about her situation, they both asked her “What are you doing here?  Why are you here?” So she quit.  Zachow said she plans to put aside college tuition for her son and her boyfriend’s daughter, to buy a home and a new car – an electric blue Ford Mustang she’s been dreaming about.  She’ll also take vacations to Europe,...

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$66 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Won in Mich.

June 15, 2014 – Friday the 13th might not be so unlucky after all, one very lucky Mega Millions ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night to win the estimated $66 million jackpot. The jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Detroit, and the winner (or winners) will have their choice between the full $66 million prize paid in yearly installments, or a one-time cash payment of about $38 million before taxes. The winning Mega Millions numbers were 7, 38, 46, 49, 56, and the Mega Ball was 1.  Friday’s Megaplier number was 5x, the highest possible multiplier.  Players who spent an extra buck on the Megaplier option and won a prize will receive five times the normal prize amount. Another new millionaire got lucky on Friday the 13th, along with the jackpot winner.  A ticket sold in Virginia matched all five white numbers drawn, but missed the Mega Ball, to win Mega Millions’ $1 million second prize. And 20 players won third prizes Friday after matching a different five-out-of-six combination, four white numbers and the Mega Ball.  Three of those players added the Megaplier option to their tickets and will receive $25,000 prizes, while the other 17 will receive the normal $5,000 third prize. Overall almost 1.2 million players were lucky enough on Friday the 13th to win a non-jackpot prize, while for the winner in Detroit, Friday the 13th is the luckiest day of the year. Along with that winner’s $66 million haul, non-jackpot winners scored nearly $4 million, including about $1.1 million won by tickets with the Megaplier option added. With every jackpot win comes a reset, and Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing will once again feature the game’s $15 million starting jackpot, which carries an $8 million cash...

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$40,000 Tax Free Prizes in Michigan Raffle

Feb. 12, 2014 – Michigan Lottery players have a chance to forget all about taxes on April 15, not because it’s the last day to file, but because they could win a $40,000, tax free lottery prize. Through their $40,000 Tax Free Raffle, the Michigan Lottery will give away several $40,000 top prizes, though how many depends on the number of Raffle tickets sold. According to the $40,000 Tax Free Raffle rules, the Michigan Lottery will add another $40,000 top prize for every 30,000 tickets sold. Along with the top prizes, players also have a chance to win either $15, $50 and $100 cash prizes.  For every 10,000 tickets sold during the Raffle sales period, the Lottery will add more than 1,600 of these smaller cash prizes. Since sales opened Monday, Michigan Lottery players have already purchased nearly 9,000 tickets, meaning more runner-up prizes are about to be added. Right now there are 1,033 $15 prizes, 616 of the $50 prizes, and 17 prizes worth $100, for a grand total of almost $50,000 in runner-up cash prizes. Once the first 10,0000 tickets have been sold, there will be nearly $100,000 in second, third and fourth prizes, and by the time another $40,000 tax free top prize is added, there will be more than 6,600 smaller prizes totaling nearly $200,000. Tickets for the $40,000 Tax Free Raffle cost $10, and players can find them at any of the Lottery’s retailers.  Players can not choose their own numbers; Raffle tickets are sold in numerical order. Sales will end April 14 and the big winners will be drawn April 15, the final day of tax season.   Photo Credit: Randy Heintz.  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0...

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Play Multi-State Monopoly Collect and Win Game

Feb. 11, 2014 – Players in five states can play one of the most recognizable and popular games ever made, Monopoly, for a chance to win big cash prizes or even a progressive jackpot. The Monopoly Collect and Win second chance promotion is being offered by the state lotteries in New York, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona.  Players in each state can find the Monopoly Jackpot scratch-off tickets in any lottery retailer. Each state’s Monopoly Jackpot ticket offers a different top prize, but the tickets cost $5 to play in each state.  Players with non-winning Monopoly Jackpot tickets can enter into the multi-state second chance promotion. Just like the classic board game, Monopoly Jackpot second chance players want to collect properties for a chance to collect some cash.  Entering a non-winning Monopoly Jackpot ticket will earn players five rolls of the dice in the virtual version of Monopoly. Players try to land on “property spaces” as they make their way around the virtual game board.  These include railroad spaces, properties, and utilities spaces. When players land on one of these properties they “collect” the property, and collecting a complete set of properties, i.e. three of the same color, all of the railroads, etc., will earn players a spin of the “Bonus Wheel”. The Monopoly Collect and Win Bonus Wheel will award players with either an entry into the monthly jackpot drawing or an instant cash prize called a “Property Jackpot.”  Property Jackpots range from $25 to $2,500. Depending on which properties players have collected, they’ll win a different amount of entries into the monthly jackpot drawing or a different cash prize.  For example, players who collect all four railroad properties can win four to eight entries into the jackpot drawing or a $100 cash prize. The monthly jackpot prize is a progressive jackpot, and grows with every purchase of one of the $5 Monopoly Jackpot scratch-off tickets. Each month, the prize will start its climb from $2,500, but players who hit the monthly jackpot...

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New Wild Time Online Game, Scratch-off

Feb. 5, 2014 – The Michigan Lottery launched a new instant game Tuesday with an interesting difference from normal scratch-off tickets – players can enter non-winning tickets into an interactive, online second chance game. The new scratch-off ticket is a $5 game called Diamond Wild Time that offers players about 1 in 3-and-a-half odds of winning an instant cash prize. The scratch-off game is simple enough: players must match winning numbers in order to win prizes.  The top prize players can win by scratching off the ticket is worth $300,000, and there are three top prizes available. For players who don’t scratch off an instant win prize, each ticket has a special code which can be entered into the Lottery’s new Wild Time interactive online game. Once players enter their ticket code into the Wild Time game, they can play another matching game for a second chance to win coupons that can be redeemed for Michigan Lottery games.  The coupons range in value from $1 to $1oo, and will be emailed to players Players can also win Rewards Points, which will automatically be deposited to their Player’s Club accounts and can be used to enter into special Michigan Lottery giveaways. To enter tickets and play Wild Time for prizes online, players need to log in or register for the Michigan Lottery’s Players Club.  Registering is simple and free, and allows players to access all of the Lottery’s second chance promotions and giveaways. For those players who don’t want to register with the Players Club, Wild Time is still available to play, just not for prizes.  On the Wild Time interactive website, players can click “Just for Fun” and play Wild Time as much as they’d...

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Michigan Lottery Unveils $30 Instant Game

Feb. 3, 2014 – Starting tomorrow, Michigan Lottery players will have the opportunity to buy the Lottery’s newest game, a $30 instant ticket called $2,000,000 Cash. The new game is the first of the Michigan Lottery’s tickets to ever sport the $30 price tag.  The extra $10 players will need to shell out for what is now the highest-priced game the Lottery offers is the cost of better odds and higher prizes than ever offered before. There are three top prizes that players can win, and as the name of the game suggests, each top prize is worth $2 million. The Michigan Lottery says the $30 instant game has more than $80 million in total prizes to give away, and the odds of winning any of the prizes available – from $30 to $2 million – are about 1 in 2.7. There are 13 prizes available to players, starting from a break-even $30 prize.  Along with the incredible $2 million top prize, there is also an impressive number of second prizes to be won. Each second prize is worth $10,000, and there are 120 of those prizes to be won.  That’s the benefit of higher-priced games, and the Michigan Lottery is among several state lotteries, like Georgia and Ohio, to roll out higher-priced tickets with enormous prizes in the past month. Instant game Product Manager Glenn Strong said in a press release Monday that “this new $30 instant game was strongly endorsed by participants in our focus groups.” “Players also have a 1 in 25 chance of winning $200 and we expect that to add to the excitement for players and boost their interest in the $2,000,000 Cash game,” Strong...

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