Metro Detroit dreams big as Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $900M

Staff and wire reports

Detroit — Metro Detroiters were dreaming of the chance to become a mega multi-millionaire Wednesday following news that there was no jackpot winner for the latest Mega Millions drawing.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night’s drawing. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9. That means the jackpot climbs to an estimated $900 million. 

The next drawing will be Friday. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.

At Cadillac Liquor, a convenience and soul food store off Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit, lotto players had varying views on the Mega Millions jackpot.

Michelle Scott, 58, had already bought a Mega Millions ticket at nearby 7-Eleven, and was readying to buy a second at Cadillac Liquor. Her mission couldn’t have been more clear: “Big money!” she said.

“I need the money, too,” Scott added. “I really do.”

Scott has been playing lotto games “a good little while,” and has hit before on the Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings. But she’s never won a big one.

“I only play when it gets to where it’s at now,” Scott said. “It’s a lot of money.”

But she’d stop at two tickets, citing limited funds.

Richard Tyler, 64, on the other hand, played the Daily 3 (911 for his birthday) and Daily 4 (3928 for his address), and has had success playing both before. He plays them daily, has been for “a long time,” to the point the clerk at the store was able to finish reciting his four-digit number before he could.

But he declined to plunk down any cash toward a Mega Millions ticket, though the potential winnings far exceed what’s possible from the daily games.

Why not go for the big one?

Because, he said, he knew he wasn't going to win. 

The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren’t good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Detroit News Staff Writer James David Dickson and the Associated Press contributed.