Winning a million dollars is something that a lot of people dream of having the chance at doing. Indeed, money like that could potentially help out a lot of people.
For one Grand Rapids resident, this dream came true when they purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket from the Michigan Lottery. The winning ticket was purchased at a Meijer convenience store.
Estimated Jackpot: $45 million
Drawing Schedule: Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m.
Purchasing Options: Online and In-Store
Ticket Cost: $2.00
Available in 45 States
Each time you play Mega Millions, you will need to pick five white balls that range from one to 70. After that, you have to pick the one gold mega ball in a range from one to 25. You can also have the machine pick these for you.
For another dollar, you will add the multiplier option. This add-on feature increases your prize winnings by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X the amount for which you win anything on your ticket. The jackpot is not available for a multiplier.
You can play this game online or in-store, whichever you prefer. Make sure you have a Michigan Lottery account online before playing since it could take some time for your account to be set up.
The overall odds of winning a single prize are one in 24. To increase your odds, simply purchase an additional ticket. Keep in mind that this is also another wager, so your budget needs to be checked first.
Every game will cost a minimum of two dollars unless you add the multiplier option. Adding on this feature will also allow you to play for more money, but only if you win something, of course.
The prizes and odds will vary for each person. This is because the prizes can change if a person has a multiplier, but the odds themselves are all the same for each specific prize available.
The second best prize, a million dollars, can only be multiplied by twice the amount. The jackpot is not available for multipliers, so the prize is only as big as it currently is while playing.
The most common prize that has been won is the successful pick is the Mega Ball. These odds are 1 in 37 and appear up most often for players.
If Mega Millions is not your kind of game, there are plenty of other exciting games, so make sure you check around over at Michigan Lottery.