Lucky Hunch Pays Off For Michigan Lotto 47 Winners

Friday January 18th 2019

Five friends from Livingston County in Michigan have come forward to claim a $3.73 million prize after winning the state’s Lotto 47 jackpot before Christmas. One of the members of the lottery club bought tickets after having a lucky feeling about the big drawing on December 15th, and it proved to be an inspired decision as all their numbers came up.

The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7, 8, 11 and 26, and the Livingston County players had the only winning ticket on the night. The all-important entry was bought at the Sunoco gas station, located at 763 South Michigan Avenue in Howell.

‘We Celebrated A Bit’

Picking up their check from Michigan Lottery headquarters this week, the winners decided to stay anonymous but were happy to speak about their good fortune. “The five of us play whenever one of us gets a hunch about some numbers," said the club's representative. "I was out to dinner with my wife and saw the jackpot was getting pretty high, so I bought five plays on our way home. I checked the ticket after the drawing and saw I had all six numbers.

“I told my wife, 'You need to come see this, I think we won a bunch of money.' When she looked at the ticket she immediately knew it was real. We called the other club members to tell them the good news and celebrated a little bit."

The winners opted to take a lump sum worth around $2.4 million after taxes, rather than an annuity, giving each member of the club a payout of $425,000. Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said: “They only spent $5 on the ticket that day, so not a bad investment, considering they each spent $1 and walked out with that much."

How To Play Lotto 47

Lotto 47 is available to all players situated in Michigan. It only costs $1 per line to play, and you just have to select six numbers from 1 to 47 to take part. You can also add EZ match to your ticket for an extra $1, giving you the chance to win up to $500 instantly. A set of random EZmatch numbers are printed on your ticket, alongside a prize value. If any of the EZmatch numbers match the Lotto 47 numbers you have selected, you win the associated prize.

Drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 7:29pm Eastern Standard Time. The jackpot starts at $1 million and can grow into eight figures, with the record standing at $23.5 million. If you win, you can take a lump sum or an annuity over 30 years. There are also three other ways to win apart from the jackpot, meaning that you can pick up prizes for matching as few as three numbers.

The jackpot currently stands at $1.75 million, and you can enter by visiting an authorized retailer in Michigan or by playing online. You could just follow in the footsteps of the Livingston County players and become the next big Lotto 47 winner.

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