$3 million lottery winnings just chicken feed to farmer
The millionaire opened his barn door and was greeted by the clucks of a thousand chickens.
Jeff LaBar walked into his chicken coop, gathered the eggs that had been laid overnight and brought them into the house to wash them by hand, one at a time, before packing them up and driving them to the few local supermarkets that are LaBar Poultry Farm's loyal customers.
Earlier that morning, the 53-year-old had gotten off his 12-hour overnight shift at the local lime plant, a second job he took aw ...
Aug 21, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery hot streak: Fantasy 5 has 43 jackpot winners in last 4 months
According to the Michigan Lottery, the Fantasy 5 jackpot is riding an unprecedented hot streak, claiming 43 winners since April 7.
The latest winner came Wednesday night (Aug. 6, 2014) when a ticket holder in the Metro Detroit area matched the winning numbers: 6, 15, 23, 30, and 34. The ticket was purchased at Meijer, 3710 Dix Hwy, in Lincoln Park.
The jackpot is worth $100,000.
That marks the second straight day someone has won the jackpot, which is set at a minimum of $100,000, but co ...
Aug 7, 2014, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
24-year-old single Michigan mom wins $66 million lottery
Friday the 13th was a mega lucky day for Kelsey Zachow.
But for 11 days, the 24-year-old Port Huron resident didn't know she had the winning $66-million Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased June 13 at Sonny's Mart in Mt. Clemens in her purse.
On June 24, the Mt. Clemens native and twice weekly lottery player checked her tickets at a gas station near her home. The clerk kept telling her, You won big.
I jumped in my car and locked the door. I couldn't breathe, Zachow said Thursday at ...
Aug 1, 2014, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
$66M Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in metro Detroit
Someone who purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in metro Detroit is much, much richer.
The winning numbers for the drawing on Friday, June 13 were 7, 38, 46, 49, and 56, with Mega Ball number 1.
According to Michigan Lottery officials, one ticket matched all six numbers for a jackpot of $66 million an estimated cash value of $37.9 million.
The winning ticket was sold at a gas station at the corner of Market Street and Gratiot Avenue in Mount Clemens.
Strangely enough, the ticket ...
Jun 14, 2014, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
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