We’ve all dreamt about the things we would do if we won $1 million.
While that may have felt like a far-fetched fantasy in the past, the Michigan Lottery has made nearly two dozen new millionaires already in 2022.
The prizes keep piling up this year, with no end in sight.
23 Michigan Lottery jackpots of $1 million or more
Thus far in 2022, the Michigan Lottery has awarded a total of 23 prizes of $1 million or more.
That includes four $4 million winners, with the latest coming on May 26.
|May 26, 2022||$4 million||Ultimate Millions|
|April 5, 2022||$4 million||$4,000,000 Cash|
|March 10, 2022||$4 million||Extreme Cash|
|Jan. 25, 2022||$4 million||$150 Ca$h Explosion|
|April 20, 2022||$3.39 million||Lotto 47|
|April 26, 2022||$2 million||$2,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular|
|April 21, 2022||$2 million||Max Your Millions|
|Feb. 8, 2022||$2 million||$2,000,000 Lucky 7's|
|Feb. 3, 2022||$2 million||Lucky X100|
|April 1, 2022||$1.79 million||Jumbo Jackpot Slots|
|Feb. 11, 2022||$1.77 million||Lucky 7's|
|Jan. 19, 2022||$1.43 million||Lotto 47|
|May 13, 2022||$1.27 million||Jumbo Jackpot Slots|
|Feb. 9, 2022||$1.25 million||Lotto 47|
|May 7, 2022||$1.2 million||Lotto 47|
|May 10, 2022||$1 million||Wild Time Millions|
|April 19, 2022||$1 million||Premiere Play|
|April 8, 2022||$1 million||Mega Millions|
|April 8, 2022||$1 million||Mega Millions|
|Feb. 17, 2022||$1 million||Wild Time Millions|
|Feb. 14, 2022||$1 million||Powerball|
|Feb. 8, 2022||$1 million||Red Hot Millions|
|Jan. 25, 2022||$1 million||Millionaire Maker|
Some other notables from the prize list of this year’s Michigan Lottery:
- Just one of the 23 $1 million prizes came from online play. It was on April 8, and came on Mega Millions.
- On top of the 23 prizes of at least $1 million, a total of 88 prizes of at least $100,000 have been awarded in 2022.
- In just the first two days of June, a total of 348 prizes of at least $600 have been awarded.
Instant retail games sit up top
The biggest prizes of 2022 were all retail-purchased games, and all different instant games.
“The thing that I think is unique about an instant game, as opposed to a draw game, is that they attract your avid players, but there is something that a casual player would identify with as well,” said Jake Harris, Player Relations Manager for the Michigan Lottery. “They really have a broad appeal for all folks.”
While the majority of top prizes for those games have been claimed, the good news is, there are still four grand prizes available.
As of Thursday night, Extreme Cash and $4,000,000 Cash each have two $4 million prizes still available to win.
Bigger tickets drawing more interest
Each of the top prizes came from $30 instant games. As the price of each ticket grows, so do top prizes.
Harris indicates that tickets $5 or greater are the ones finding the most success for the Michigan Lottery in terms of revenue.
“I think that what we’ve seen is the price points are a big sticking point right now. Typically, games $5 and up have tended to perform a little bit better. I think that just has to do with player interest, but also the prizing structure is a big part of that,” Harris said. “If you look at typical $1 instant, you know your top prize is going to be around $5,000 or so. A $2 ticket, you’re talking probably $30-to-50,000, depending on the game. Once you get to that $5 price point, in most cases, it’s somewhere between $300,000-500,000. So, I think what we see is, players like to win big prizes.”
Michigan currently has 89 instant retail games available. Here’s how many different games are available at each instant ticket price:
- $1: 8
- $2: 18
- $5: 22
- $10: 18
- $20: 16
- $30: 7
Online presence growing
While retail is still where the Michigan Lottery generates most of its business, it has continued to grow its online games library.
Currently, the Michigan Lottery offers 148 online games on its website. That is compared to just the 89 in-store options.
Another more recent trend is players being able to take non-winning tickets of select games and use them to enter into second-chance games on the website.
“Players are encouraged to hold on to their non-winning tickets and scan the bar code of the ticket on the Michigan Lottery app. That gets them into second chance games for a chance to win some money,” Harris said. “So, you’re going to see more and more crossover promotions both on the online side and the traditional retail side. I think that this is good for lottery players overall, and so far it’s something that players have appreciated.”