Biggest Lotto 47 Winners
Lotto 47 has created some of Michigan's largest-ever wins, giving away a number of eight-figure payouts since the game was launched in May 2005. Find out about the biggest Lotto 47 jackpots to have been seen over the years.
The jackpot climbed from its starting point of $1 million to more than $32 million over the course of nine months. There were two winners in the record-breaking drawing. One of the entries was sold in Ferndale at Select Wine Shop, 1318 West 9 Mile Road, while the other was purchased in Lake Odessa at a Shell gas station, 1203 Jordan Lake Street. Each ticket holder will receive half of the jackpot.
Both winners received a prize of more than $16 million and opted to remain anonymous. You are allowed to keep your details private if you win an in-state game such as Lotto 47.
This drawing set a record for the largest jackpot that would remain unsurpassed for more than 12 years, while it also remains the biggest prize ever won on a single ticket. The all-important entry was sold at Little Mack Beer & Wine, 28480 Little Mack Ave., in St. Clair Shores, and the money was claimed anonymously. All that was revealed was that it belonged to a lottery club who had played an Easy Pick. The jackpot had been rolling over since the previous July.
A man from Montcalm County came forward to claim this gigantic prize, having purchased his ticket at Greenville E-Z Mart, located at 115 E. Washington Street in Greenville. He chose to accept the cash lump sum of $14.3 million rather than the annuity option, and claimed his winnings a few days later from Michigan Lottery headquarters.
He revealed that he planned to buy a new house, a new vehicle and pay for his wedding. "As soon as I won, I retired from my job and I'm looking forward to enjoying life more. He said: "Every time I've bought a lottery ticket, I've thought: 'Why not me?' Turns out, I was right."
A Roscommon County man claimed this Lotto 47 jackpot with a ticket purchased at the Family E-Z Mart, located at 567 East Houghton Lake Drive in Prudenville. He decided to stay anonymous but revealed that he had been playing the same set of numbers since 1991 and had hardly missed a draw.
The 61-year-old took the winnings as a lump sum of $11.7 million and said he would share it with family. "It still hasn't sunk in that I won," he said. "I am so glad I decided to stick with this set of numbers!"
An Oakland County player pocketed this Classic Lotto 47 jackpot in early 2007, becoming the biggest winner in the game's history at the time. The money was claimed anonymously.
The jackpot winner for this drawing, a 57-year-old man from Ogemaw County, almost missed out on playing his numbers after forgetting to enter on the Friday like he usually did. He remembered on the Saturday morning and purchased his ticket from the Checkered Flag Party Store, located 2015 South M-33 in West Branch.
He opted for the lump sum payment of around $10.8 million and said that he would use the money to buy a new house, before saving the rest. He said: "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."
A run of 50 consecutive rollovers pushed the jackpot past $13.3 million before it was won by a single ticket. The winner played at Bonser's of Custer at 2391 E. State St. in Custer. Remarkably, Bonser's of Custer also sold another jackpot-winning Lotto 47 ticket, worth $4 million, in January 2016.
A player from Otsego County won this big jackpot with a ticket bought at DerMiner's Parkside Market, located at 7131 Old Highway 27 South in Gaylord. He said he would help his sister retire, take care of other family members and possibly set up a charity in the area. He also planned to purchase a car, but only because he had promised to give his away.
"One of the clerks at the store needs a car really bad," he explained. "Every time I bought a ticket from her, I told her that if I hit a jackpot she could have my Lincoln. Well, I hit a jackpot, and now I owe her a car. I can't wait to see her reaction when I give her the keys."