January 3, 2024 3 min read


Michigan Lottery Player Strikes Gold with $842M Powerball Triumph

The Michigan Lottery is eagerly awaiting the mysterious winner to step forward and claim their substantial prize

In an extraordinary turn of fortune, a Michigan Lottery player is set to embrace a life-altering transformation after clinching the $842 million Powerball jackpot on the first day of the new year. The jackpot, boasting a cash value of $425.2 million, was snagged on Monday night with the winning numbers 12-21-42-44-49, accompanied by the Powerball: 01.

From Dry Spell to Historic Triumph: Michigan’s $842.4 Million Powerball Surprise

The fortuitous ticket was procured at the Food Castle in Grand Blanc, a quaint town just outside of Flint. The identity of the fortunate winner remains shrouded in mystery, as the Michigan Lottery awaits the individual to step forward and claim their staggering prize.

This win comes after a dry spell, with 34 consecutive Powerball drawings yielding no jackpot winner since October 11, 2023. It marks the first time in the history of Powerball, inaugurated in 1992, that the jackpot has been won on New Year’s Day.

The $842.4 million windfall ranks as the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot ever claimed and the tenth-largest in the annals of US lottery history. 

Michigan has seen grandeur in the lottery realm before, with the record for the largest jackpot won in the state standing at $1.05 billion from a Mega Millions draw in January 2021.

Lottery enthusiasts across the state are now buzzing with anticipation, awaiting the revelation of the mystery winner. The last time Michigan celebrated a Powerball triumph was in 2020 when Cristy Davis of Waterford secured a $70 million jackpot.

Power Play Options and Live Powerball Draws Await Lottery Enthusiasts

Powerball aficionados can try their luck by purchasing tickets for $2 each at various Lottery retailers or online at the Michigan Lottery website. Additionally, players can opt for the “Power Play” feature, multiplying non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times for an additional $1.

The Powerball drawings occur thrice a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and can be watched live on the official Powerball website.

Back in November, a cashier’s mistake at a GoLo gas station in New Buffalo, Michigan, led to a $390,000 Lucky for Life jackpot win for Michael Sopejstal, an Illinois man. Sopejstal, a regular player, intended to buy a ticket for 10 draws but received a 10-line ticket for one draw instead. Opting for the lump-sum payment, Sopejstal could have also chosen $25,000 a year for life. 

In another location, the Blue Yucca Trust, composed of players from South Dakota, secured the $360 million Mega Millions jackpot for October 2023 by purchasing a ticket from a Texas gas station. Like Sopejstal, the trust opted for the cash value and received $157,367,045 after accounting for taxes.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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