When lottery jackpots get particularly lofty, it seems to bring out the dreamer in a lot of us.

Even people who don't usually spend any of their hard-earned money on lottery tickets suddenly seem to want to try their luck - hoping they'll be the ones walking away with millions.

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So far, there haven't been any big jackpot winners this year in Michigan. But with yet another national lottery game's jackpot surpassing a billion dollars, excitement is at a fever pitch. Of course, the odds are stacked against us all - but who doesn't daydream about what they'd do with all that money?

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How Powerball Works

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played everywhere in the U.S. except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, or Utah.

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Players select 5 numbers from 1 to 69, then a Powerball number ranging from 1 to 26. Alternatively, a player can choose to have the computer pick all of their numbers - called a "Quick Pick". If one ticket matches all six of those numbers, the holder wins the jackpot (multiple matches results in a split jackpot). The odds of this happening are 1 in 292,201,338, according to Powerball officials.

But that's not the only way to win. There are lesser prizes for partial matches - for example, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball wins $1,000,000. Admittedly, the odds of this happening aren't great either: 1 in 11,688,054. But it happens.

Powerball Winners in Michigan

So far this year in Michigan, there have been 8 Powerball tickets sold worth $1,000,000. Winners have been spread across much of the state.

$1,000,000 Winning Powerball Tickets - Michigan

These Michigan retailers have sold Powerball tickets worth $1,000,000 or more in 2023.

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