Michigan man falls short of $137 million Mega Millions jackpot, wins $1 million instead

A man from Michigan, who came very close to winning a staggering $137 million, will now have to settle for a still impressive $1 million.

Kyle Becker, a resident of Interlochen, had a stroke of luck when he won a staggering $1 million in the Mega Millions game on October 27th, according to the Michigan Lottery. Although he narrowly missed out on the Mega Ball, which would have granted him an additional $136 million, the 37-year-old’s winnings are still cause for celebration.

Despite the challenges, he remains thankful.

“I am in complete disbelief that this is actually happening, even though I am standing here, officially claiming the prize,” he expressed to the lottery officials.

Becker received the exciting news while he was on his way to go hunting. He made a quick stop at a convenience store to check his Mega Millions ticket.


“When I scanned the ticket, I received a notification to file a claim at the Lottery office,” he shared with the lottery. Curious about the significance of this message, he approached the clerk for clarification. To his surprise, the clerk speculated that he had potentially won a substantial amount, estimating it to be a couple of thousand dollars.”

After climbing into his truck, he eagerly scanned the lottery numbers, his heart racing with anticipation. To his sheer delight, he realized that he had won the coveted $1 million prize. Filled with an overwhelming sense of joy, he wasted no time and immediately reached for his phone, dialing his wife’s number with trembling fingers.

“I had a hard time believing it myself,” Becker confessed to the lottery, “but she didn’t believe me until I sent her a picture of the ticket.”

The lucky numbers drawn on that day were 11, 32, 43, 57, and 70, with the Mega Ball being 6.

Becker recently collected his prize at the Michigan Lottery headquarters, where he expressed his plans to utilize the winnings to pay off bills and achieve a debt-free status.

How to play the Mega Millions

When you buy a Mega Millions ticket, you get to choose six numbers. The first five numbers are selected from a range of 1 to 70 for the white balls, while the last number is chosen from 1 to 25 for the special Mega Ball. If you find it overwhelming to pick your own numbers, you can opt for Easy Pick or Quick Pick, which will generate random numbers for your ticket.

When you play in specific states, you have the option to include a Megaplier for an extra dollar. By making this choice, you have the potential to multiply your non-jackpot winnings by two, three, four, or even five times.

Where can you buy lottery tickets?

You can buy lottery tickets at various locations, including gas stations, convenience stores, and grocery stores. Additionally, some airport terminals may also offer lottery ticket sales.

In certain U.S. states and territories, such as Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington D.C., and West Virginia, you have the option to conveniently order tickets online through Jackpocket. As the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, Jackpocket offers a user-friendly app that enables you to select your preferred lottery game and numbers, place your order, view your ticket, and even claim your winnings, all from the convenience of your phone or home computer.

Please note that Jackpocket is the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network. Gannett has the potential to earn revenue through audience referrals to Jackpocket services. It is important to mention that individuals must be at least 18 years old to participate, except in Arizona where the minimum age is 21, and Nebraska where the minimum age is 19. It is also worth noting that Jackpocket is not affiliated with any State Lottery. For those who may be struggling with gambling, there are helplines available such as 1-877-8-HOPE-NY or text HOPENY (467369) for New York residents, 1-800-327-5050 for Massachusetts residents, 1-877-MYLIMIT for Oregon residents, 1-800-981-0023 for Puerto Rico residents, and 1-800-GAMBLER for residents in all other areas. For more information, please visit jackpocket.com/tos to review the full terms and conditions.

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