$19M Mega Millions ticket sold in U.P. store

HOUGHTON – Michigan Lottery officials say a Mega Millions ticket that’s worth $19 million has been sold at a store in Houghton.

The Michigan Lottery says the sole winning ticket for Tuesday evening’s drawing was sold at Festival Foods in Houghton. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 5, 10, 26 and 44. The Mega Ball number was 46.

There’s no immediate word from the Michigan Lottery about the identity of the ticket buyer. The jackpot for Friday’s drawing now drops to $12 million.

The winner of Tuesday’s prize is required to claim their prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Prizes up to $600 may be claimed at one of nearly 11,000 licensed Lottery retailers in the state, and prizes up to $50,000 may be claimed at Lottery regional offices.

Because the jackpot is over $5,000 the Michigan Lottery will withhold an estimated 25 percent of the jackpot in federal taxes and 4.25 percent in state taxes. After taxes that will bring the jackpot down to $13,442,500.

Since 1972, the Michigan Lottery has paid out more than $23 billion in prize money and other merchandise. Winners have been from every county in the state.

The first Mega Millions jackpot was won in Sept. of 2002 by Jessee Bays Jr. of Kentwood. The jackpot was worth $17 million.

The largest single jackpot ever awarded in Michigan was from a Mega Millions ticket and was won in 2005 by Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins.

High ticket sales raised the prize amount from the advertised jackpot of $205 million to $208 million.

Fifty-eight cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets in the State of Michigan are awarded as prizes to players.

However, 30 cents are awarded to schools throughout the state, representing 6.6 percent of the state’s school aid fund.