Michigan Lottery: $700 million Powerball jackpot would be largest prize ever in state


DETROIT – If a Michigan player wins this week's $700 million Powerball jackpot, it would be the largest prize ever won in the state. 

That's according to the Michigan Lottery which said the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in Michigan was back on Aug. 15, 2012 when Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won $337 million. Lawson's winning also remains the largest Lottery prize ever awarded in Michigan.

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The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot on Sept. 30, 2015.

Wednesday night's drawing has a jackpot cash option of $443 million. It is the second-largest Lottery jackpot ever in the nation -- still way behind January 2016's $1.6 billion prize.

The drawing will be live at 10:59 p.m. 

Here's a look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots so far and the states where the winning tickets were sold, according to the Associated Press archives:

1. $1.6 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
3. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
4. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)
5. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (two tickets, from Arizona and Missouri)
6. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas)
7. $536 million, Mega Millions, July 8, 2016 (one ticket, from Indiana)
8. $487 million, Powerball, July 30, 2016 (one ticket, from New Hampshire)
9. $448.4 million, Powerball, Aug. 7, 2013 (three tickets, one from Minnesota and two from New Jersey)
10. $447.8 million, Powerball, June 10, 2017, (one ticket, from California)

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