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
Mich. lottery winner who kept collecting welfare found dead
A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the Michigan Lottery and was later convicted for still collecting state welfare died Saturday from an apparent drug overdose.
Ecorse Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that Amanda Clayton, of Lincoln Park, was found dead at a residence on Sunnyside Street at 9 a.m.
Shortly after winning the lottery in March, Clayton's story garnered national media attention when she revealed she was still collecting $5,500 from the state in food aid an ...
Sep 29, 2012, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
$337M Powerball winner prowls Internet for a 'big and beautiful' woman
After winning a whopping $337 million, Donald Lawson might seem like something of a catch, but take a closer look at the Powerball Lottery winner from Michigan and most women might think twice before going on a date with him.
The self-confessed 'hillbilly' is single and looking for love on the Internet with the nickname 'Dinodadog' and the promise to 'please a women any way she wants'.
On dating websites he claims he is 'stocky' and is seeking a woman who is: 'Big and beautiful, Curvy, Ful ...
Sep 20, 2012, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
'Robot' to replace Michigan Lottery readers
It's the end of the line for the three people who read the lottery numbers on Detroit TV.
WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeil reports Aggy Usedly, Beth McCleod and Darryl Wood will no longer announce the winning numbers on TV.
Usedly said she and the two others who read the numbers got the word a couple of weeks ago and it came as a surprise.
Our contract was up September 29th and our union rep had been contacting this gentleman in Lansing about getting together to renew the contract and ...
Sep 14, 2012, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Senate bill lets lottery winners remain anonymous
Michigan winners of multistate lotteries such as the Lapeer man who won a $337 million Powerball jackpot could choose to remain anonymous, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Thursday.
Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, said publicity surrounding such windfalls makes winners too vulnerable to scam artists and violent criminals, not to mention grasping third cousins.
The reasons range from the mundane to the fatal, Rocca said. Not only are there relatives popping out of the ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan railroad engineer claims $337M Powerball lottery jackpot
Includes video report
A 44-year-old Michigan railroad engineer said he quit his job and told familly members to do the same when he learned he had won the third-largest winner's share ever for a U.S. lottery drawing.
Donald Lawson was accompanied by his two daughters and his mother, whom he jokingly called Mama Warbucks, when he was introduced as the winner of the multi-state Powerball lottery on Friday.
I'm a millionaire now, but I'll still eat at McDonald's, Lawson told a news confer ...
Aug 31, 2012, 3:38 pm - Lottery News forum
The Lottery Office is closed until Monday but speculation in Lapeer rages on
Michigan is suddenly a richer place this weekend, first with all that Olympic gold coming in from London, and now with the wining ticket to the Powerball Lottery purchased by someone at a Michigan gas station. Local residents may be hoping it wasn't someone passing through to Toledo or Indianpolis.
In the meantime in the town of Lapeer in Michigan's thumb the wait continues for the ticket purchaser to surface. It just happens to be Lapeer Days their three day summer festival in the sleepy tow ...
Aug 18, 2012, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum