LANSING, MI — When Julie Jurkas logged on to her Michigan Lottery account last month she was simply getting on to play a free game offered to players daily. She hoped she’d win a little prize, but little did she know she was already a huge winner.
The 57-year-old Muskegon woman soon found out she’d won a $100,000 jackpot prize playing the lottery’s $100K Raffle game which had a drawing on March 24.
“I play online regularly and decided to give the new game a try,” said Jurkas. “I bought a few tickets over the course of the game.
”The day after the drawing, I was out and realized I had forgotten to do my daily spin on the Spin to Win game. When I logged in, I got a message that I had won a big prize. It was such an exciting feeling!”
Jurkas was one of several players whose raffle ticket won the top prize. She visited lottery headquarters recently to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans on buying a new car and paying some bills.
For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
The last players from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot is the Wolverine FLL lottery club which claimed a $1.05 billion jackpot in March. With their winnings, the group plans to give back to the community.
And while they were lucky winners, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland in 2019 went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.
If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.