Michigan to launch online lottery games late next year
Michigan will sell lottery tickets and offer games online in a year's time after two companies were chosen Monday to run an iLottery billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant.
The decision came five months after lottery officials indefinitely halted their plans because lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Snyder's funding request to launch the online lottery. Legislators, however, did not prohibit the Lottery Bureau from spending existing money in its budget to offer I ...
Nov 26, 2013, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Some players confused by new Michigan Lottery poker game
It debuted Oct. 19, but Poker Lotto, a new daily lottery drawing by the Michigan Lottery, is still trying to gain the attention and understanding among lottery players.
It has created a little confusion, too, said lottery officials.
It's so new that we're getting so many calls in Lansing, said Gretchen Villareal of the Michigan Lottery. People are not grasping the concept of instant wins and the nightly draw.
How to play
Poker Lotto is a new nightly game where players use easy pic ...
Nov 3, 2013, 3:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Man accused of murder over lost lottery ticket
Bruce Butler, a General Motors retiree who played the lottery for 40 years, didn't gun down a Southfield liquor store employee because he was angry he'd left a winning ticket on the counter months earlier, his attorney says.
If Butler had won a $1 million prize, he would have known better than to try to cash it at a liquor store, attorney Joe Niskar said in his opening statement Friday.
But while Niskar contends police got the wrong man, prosecutors say they have evidence to prove Butler, ...
Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
7 state lotteries join forces for multi-state raffle
Tickets on sale Sept. 8
by Todd Northrop
Seven United States lotteries will offer a first-of-its-kind multi-state raffle that goes on sale in about a week.
Called the Multi-state Millions Raffle (and possibly other names in the participating states), it's guaranteed to hand out $1 million prizes just how many depends on how many of the $10 tickets are sold in the participating states.
All of the lotteries are looking for new ideas and new games and new things to do to generate reven ...
Aug 30, 2013, 4:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery puts Internet ticket sales on hold
The Michigan Lottery is indefinitely halting plans to sell tickets and offer games on the Internet after skeptical lawmakers blocked funding to launch an online lottery in early 2014.
Plans for an iLottery system have been suspended so that the Lottery may further evaluate the program, lottery spokeswoman Andi Brancato told The Associated Press Tuesday, declining further comment.
Gov. Rick Snyder asked for nearly $3.4 million in the next state budget to implement the iLottery as a way to ...
Jun 26, 2013, 6:33 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery workers paid $300,000 in bonuses
Performance pay is rare in government jobs.
But the Michigan Lottery Bureau has paid 75 employees more than $300,000 in incentive pay in the past year. And, according to the state's Civil Service Commission, the group is alone among about 50,000 state employees in being eligible for performance bonuses.
The program was initially set up for about 75 sales representatives who met quarterly goals for instant tickets and certain club games. It was expanded this year to include 16 more lottery ...
Jun 24, 2013, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Online lottery plans criticized by some West Michigan lawmakers
Lounging on the couch at home playing Keno and buying lottery tickets on your iPhone or computer doesn't sit well with some West Michigan lawmakers.
I know seniors right now whose Social Security doesn't last a month because they're buying lottery tickets at the local store. If they can do it from home, their checks will be gone in less than two weeks, said State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
A new game system called iLottery would begin offering online sales of single tickets and insta ...
Apr 17, 2013, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Loopholes allow some Michigan lottery winners to stay on welfare
A Michigan agency has removed more than 500 lottery winners from certain welfare programs because of a new state law that cross-references winners with recipients of some types of aid.
But the Department of Human Services says many more welfare cases could be ended if what it calls loopholes were closed, or if laws were altered or expanded.
The Department of Human Services on Monday issued a report that covers findings from April through December 2012.
It relates to a law signed last Ap ...
Apr 16, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery gears up for online sales in spring
The Michigan Lottery plans to begin selling online subscriptions for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball starting this spring.
The state says the move will bring in more revenue for schools and improve the lottery experience, but some businesses are concerned it will hurt in-store ticket sales.
Daily 3, Daily 4 and Club Keno would not be part of the initial program, which allows customers to sign up for multiple ticket purchases over a period of time.
A new system called iLottery ...
Feb 28, 2013, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Army vet uses last 4 quarters to buy lottery ticket, wins $1.3M jackpot
A man who used his last four quarters to buy a lottery ticket at a Macomb County, Michigan, market won a $1.3 million Classic Lotto 47 jackpot, according to the Michigan Lottery.
The winner, whose name, age and hometown weren't released, is an Army veteran whose has been disabled since 2009 with a back injury, lottery officials said in a press release. The jackpot came at just the right time to help the man deal with undisclosed family issues and to help his four children, the press release s ...
Oct 31, 2012, 6:22 pm - Lottery News forum