Audit: Stores buying Michigan lottery tickets from players
Some Michigan stores that sell lottery tickets are hitting the jackpot by buying winning tickets from desperate players at a discount, according to auditors who are urging a crackdown on the illegal practice.
Lottery players who owe back taxes or other debts don't want the state to learn their identity. So they're probably selling winning tickets back to retailers for less than what they're worth, the audit found.
An audit released Tuesday said 37 store owners turned in winning tickets wor ...
Nov 18, 2014, 10:13 pm - Lottery News forum
800+ Michigan Lottery winners kicked off public assistance in 2013
More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.
The Michigan Department of Human Services shared those findings Thursday in its latest lottery match report, analyzing the impact of a 2012 law that allows the agency to cross-check lottery winnings with public assistance programs and, in some cases, end benefits.
DHS identified 7,216 lotto play ...
Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 pm - Lottery News forum
$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