Traditionally, Friday the 13th is said to herald bad luck. But Americans threw caution to the wind, hoping to strike good fortune on that same day with the Mega Millions drawing. After the jackpot crossed a historic figure of $1 billion on Tuesday, January 10, the Friday drawing rose to a massive $1.35 billion, attracting more players.
In Michigan alone, over 5.5 million tickets were purchased in anticipation of Friday’s drawing, with over half of that figure bought on Friday. Every hour, at least 200,000 tickets were sold for what was the fourth-largest lottery jackpot prize in the country’s history.
Considering that Michigan players have had some impressive fate with the Mega Millions in recent times, there was no surprise at the turnout. Back in 2021, Wolverine FLL Lottery club in Oakland County took home $1.05 billion. Similarly, despite the odds, four players have won the jackpots after purchasing tickets on Friday the 13th in previous years. The winners came in June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017.
Unfortunately, however, there have been no major winners from Michigan after the drawings on January 13. The jackpot drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday. Although there was a blank on Tuesday, January 10, the January 13 and 17 jackpot prizes have been won. A New Yorker scooped the $20 million prize on Tuesday, January 13. Another Massachusetts player matched five white balls and emerged the winner of $1 million after the drawing.
A Michigan player did show some promise after their ticket had the Mega Ball and four white balls, leading to a win of $10,000.