Michigan lottery club claims $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Mar 12, 2021, 3:37 pm (17 comments)

Mega Millions

Winners of the 3rd-largest jackpot in history step forward

By Kate Northrop

Nearly two months after it was announced that one single Michigan ticket matched all six numbers to win the unimaginably huge $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, an Oakland County lottery club stepped forward to claim the prize.

The largest prize awarded in Michigan Lottery history, the massive haul of $1.05 billion will be claimed by the Wolverine FLL Club, which consists of four members who jointly played the winning numbers for the Mega Millions drawing on Jan. 22, 2021 — 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and Mega Ball 24.

While it is unclear who specifically bought the winning ticket on behalf of the group, the lone winning ticket was purchased as a Quick Pick at the Kroger grocery store on Grand River Avenue in Novi.

"A club member saw a sign that the jackpot was up to $1 billion and remembered that they hadn't bought their tickets yet, so they pulled into the Kroger," the club's representative and attorney, Kurt D. Panouses, esq. told the Lottery. "When you play, of course you dream of winning, but the reality of it has been incredible."

The club elected to receive the massive prize as a lump sum cash payment totaling $776 million. After 24% in required federal income taxes and 4.25% in state taxes were withheld (approximately $186 million and $33 million, respectively), the four players were awarded $557 million to be split evenly amongst themselves.

"This kind of money will impact the families of our club members for generations to come," Panouses continued. "We plan to stay humble and pay it forward through charitable giving in southeast Michigan."

For selling the winning ticket, the Lottery awarded the Kroger retailer a bonus commission check for $50,000, which the grocery store chain immediately allocated toward feeding the hungry.

"Kroger is committed to our mission of feeding our communities," Corporate Affairs Manager at The Kroger Co. of Michigan Rachel Hurst said in a statement. "Strong partnerships with both the state of Michigan and the Food Bank Council of Michigan are integral in driving our mission forward."

The $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the largest prize ever won by a Michigan lottery player, beating out the previous record, a $337 million Powerball jackpot won in 2012.

It is also the third-largest jackpot in history behind the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot claimed by an anonymous individual in South Carolina in 2018 and the $1.5864 billion Powerball jackpot split three-ways by ticket-holders in California, Florida, and Tennessee in 2016.

"Having a record-setting jackpot win in Michigan is great news all around," Lottery Commissioner Brian O. Neill remarked. "Lottery sales help support public education and more than 10,000 retail locations across the State. Total Lottery contributions to Michigan's School Aid Fund over the last three fiscal years exceeded $3 billion."

"I believe that they're going to do some great things, and they're going to be good stewards with these funds," Panouses said regarding the club members. "I expect some great things happening in their community, southeast Michigan especially, as they move forward with this because it's very important to them."

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Comments

welington

congratulations to the lucky group

Bleudog101

Four happy Cash cows in Michigan!    So happy for them!

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats to the Wolverines! Party

Ranett's avatarRanett

Great job Wolverine Club.Hurray!

Bleudog101

Glad they had their Attorney on GMA this morning.   Said the age ranges from 20's-60's and no names mentioned as it should be even though Michigan is not an anonymous state.   Certainly it'll leak out or through a FOIA inquiry.   Just leave them alone!!

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Kurt is an excellent Atty.... I wasn't aware he also practiced law up in MI being from FL.

Bleudog101

Quote: Originally posted by CDanaT on Mar 13, 2021

Kurt is an excellent Atty.... I wasn't aware he also practiced law up in MI being from FL.

He must be excellent as you say.   Crump, representing George Floyd ($27 million dollars), Breonna Taylor here in Kentucky (12 million dollars); BTW this is her one year Anniversary of her murder by our fine LMPD,  as well as several other high profile Black cases.   My point is he is from Florida too.  They both are worth their weight in gold IMHO.

Think's avatarThink

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Mar 13, 2021

Glad they had their Attorney on GMA this morning.   Said the age ranges from 20's-60's and no names mentioned as it should be even though Michigan is not an anonymous state.   Certainly it'll leak out or through a FOIA inquiry.   Just leave them alone!!

I wondered if he tried a restraining order to prevent them from announcing their names before the current legislation is decided.  Don't even know if that would have been possible.

weshar75's avatarweshar75

I think that is like $130 million+ between the four winners nice win their for them.-weshar75

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Bleudog101

Quote: Originally posted by on Dec 3, 2022

I suppose getting stalked and perhaps killed like we've read about on LP is more your cup of tea.   To me that is pathetic.   All states should have anonymity.

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Quote: Originally posted by on Dec 3, 2022

If your interpretation of desiring privacy, protection and not wanting attention is "Pathetic" as you put it..... Perhaps, juuuuuuust perhaps you need an education in respect for others desire in not wanting to be in the limelight.

Best of luck on your next lottery purchase

rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

Quote: Originally posted by on Dec 3, 2022

I suppose if you are ever lucky enough to win a jackpot you will take out a full page ad in the newspaper and make sure your name is spread across the internet?

                                                            Crazy

Stack47

Quote: Originally posted by CDanaT on Mar 14, 2021

If your interpretation of desiring privacy, protection and not wanting attention is "Pathetic" as you put it..... Perhaps, juuuuuuust perhaps you need an education in respect for others desire in not wanting to be in the limelight.

Best of luck on your next lottery purchase

Many times it's difficult to tell what someone means and to whom they are addressing when they don't click on the "include this quoted text" box. But to me it looks like Bleu is saying the fact lots of jackpot winners get unwanted attention is "pathetic" without some type of anonymity.

Obviously mileage may vary.

noise-gate

l am waiting to read about 22 people sharing a Powerball win from PA.

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