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Michigan online player wins $2 million

Rachel Frye

Drawing Date: 8/4/2023

August 21, 2023 - Seeing a $2 million pending Mega Millions prize in her online Michigan Lottery account had a Saginaw County woman thinking: “That’s not right.”

Rachel Frye, 36, of Freeland, matched the five white balls in the Aug. 4 drawing to win $1 million: 11-30-45-52-56. Thanks to the Megaplier, her prize was multiplied to $2 million. She bought her winning ticket online at

“I play Mega Millions online pretty often,” said Frye. “When I woke up the morning after the drawing, I checked my Lottery account on my phone. When I saw that I had a pending balance of $2 million, all I could think was: ‘That’s not right!’

“I closed my app and checked my email. When I saw the email from Lottery saying I had won a prize and to check my account, I knew it must be real! I rolled over and started shaking my husband to wake him up and stuck my phone in his face screaming ‘Look at this! Look at this!’”

Frye recently visited headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off student loans, setup college funds for her children, and then save the remainder. “Winning this prize is incredible and give’s my family some financial comfort,” Frye said.

Frye won her big prize during the recent record-setting Mega Millions jackpot run. The $1.602 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won Aug. 8 with a single jackpot-winning ticket sold in Florida. After 32 drawings, the jackpot run ended as the highest Mega Millions jackpot and second largest jackpot prize in U.S. history.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.