Friday the 13th is lucky for Michigan player with Mega Millions Jackpot winning ticket

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LANSING, Mich. (MSL) - Friday the 13th turned out to be a very lucky day for a Michigan Lottery player who won a share of the $43 million Mega Millions jackpot.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven, located at 3461 Airport Road in Waterford. The winning ticket matched the five white balls and the Mega Ball drawn Friday night: 02-07-18-26-31, Mega Ball: 12. The winning ticket is one of two bought for Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot. The other winning ticket was bought in Rhode Island. Each winner will receive $21.5 million.

The lucky player may choose to receive their jackpot as a 30-year annuity, or a one-time lump sum payment.

The jackpot win marks the fourth time since 2003 that a Michigan player has won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday the 13th. The three previous jackpot winners were:
• Fred Topous, of Kent City, won a $57 million jackpot on June 13, 2008
• Kendall Warren, of Kalamazoo, won a $27 million jackpot on Friday, May 13, 2011
• Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, won the game’s $66 million jackpot on Friday, June 13, 2014

Zachow is the last Michigan player to win a Mega Millions jackpot. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won a $208 million Mega Millions jackpot. That jackpot holds the record for the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in Michigan.

The largest Lottery prize in state history was a $337 million Powerball jackpot won on Aug. 15, 2012 by Donald Lawson, of Lapeer.

The jackpot winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one year from the drawing date. Lottery officials won't know the identity of the winner until that person contacts the Lottery.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.