We dare you to defy the odds. While Friday the 13th is traditionally considered a 'day of bad luck,' it's historically been a very lucky day for Michigan Lottery players.

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Even if you think it's best to avoid walking under a ladder, spilling salt, and opening your umbrella indoors, you still may want to play the lottery IF you're a Michigan resident.

Friday the 13th is a Lucky Day in Michigan

According to the Michigan Lottery, the Mega Millions game has been particularly lucky for lottery players on Friday the 13th since 2003. Lottery players have won more than $176 million from drawings held on the day most view as "unlucky."

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The Mega Millions jackpot has paid out for four Michiganders in recent years on Friday the 13th. The most recent winner is Kevin Blake. The Waterford man split a $42 million jackpot with a player from Rhode Island on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Oddly enough, Blake's lump-sum payment turned out to be just over $13 million.

Three other players have cashed in on this notoriously unlucky day.

  • June 13, 2008 – $57 million jackpot, won by a Kent City man
  • May 13, 2011 – $27 million jackpot, won by a Kalamazoo man
  • June 13, 2014 – $66 million jackpot, won by a Port Huron woman

Those four jackpots totaled about $171 million in winnings.

The Michigan Lottery says 32 additional Mega Millions players have cashed in for prizes ranging from $10,000 to $1 million on different occurrences of Friday the 13th over the years.

Mega Millions Friday

The next Mega Millions drawing is worth an estimated $48 million. That drawing will take place on Friday, October 13, 2023.


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