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Michigan Winfall to be eliminated on May 14

Michigan LotteryMichigan Lottery: Michigan Winfall to be eliminated on May 14

Winfall is heading for a downfall.

The Michigan Lotto game will end up in the grave yard of similar lottery contests and be replaced with a new game called Classic Lotto 47, said state Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters.

Winfall's last drawing will be May 14. The first drawing for the new game will be May 18, Peters said.

"We are finding that we need to change the lotto game every three years or so," Peters said. "Winfall was a very popular game, but then the interest waned."

Lottery spokesperson Andi Bracatto said Winfall's sales dropped from $1.5 million a week when Winfall started three years ago to $1 million a week now.

Lottery player Bob Bartolomucci likes the change.

"I loved that game," said Bartolomucci, a used car dealer from Clinton Township. "I had five numbers in that game and won $2,300. That's great."

Classic Lotto 47 will be played Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players will pick six numbers from 1 to 47. All six numbers win the jackpot. Five numbers pays $2,500; four numbers $100 and three numbers $5.

Peters said there will be no ceiling on the jackpot, like the Winfall game. The jackpot will roll over until it is broken. Winfall has the same secondary prizes.

Bartolomucci said a lot of people would play Winfall only when the jackpot hit $5 million and there was a mandatory payoff.

"People will play the new game because there's no ceiling," he said. Peters said the odds for Classic Lotto 47 are 1 in 47 compared to 1 in 54 for Winfall.

Detroit News

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Posted: April 13, 2005, 9:45 am - IP Logged

Uh people would only play when the jackpot was 5 million huh.  How is this going to change people attitudes. Now some people will only play when its 10 million, and it will probably take forever to get there. This is for sure not going to generate any substantial increase in sales. 


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    Posted: April 13, 2005, 11:00 am - IP Logged

    Why is this a priority topic?

      Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
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      Posted: April 13, 2005, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

      I like the game of winfall.  Too bad they have to get rid of it.  It was a good game but sales were just not up to par.  And now we have to go back to a boring game again like Classic Lotto.  Oh well maybe we will get some higher jackpots now.

      Brad

        liberal47's avatar - Rowlf
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        Posted: April 13, 2005, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

        Jeez they have tried everything to revamp this game. My favorite was when they boosted the price to two dollars a ticket, and expected everyone to buy basically the same game for more money. As you would expect it was called BONE US LOTTO!

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            Posted: April 15, 2005, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

            Compare the 4/6 and 3/6 prizes in Classic Lotto 47 and NY Lotto 6/59: www.nylottery.org

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              MA
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              Posted: April 15, 2005, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

              Does anyone know if they're going to roll down the final jackpot, or roll it over into the new game?

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                Posted: April 21, 2005, 2:08 am - IP Logged

                if i were them, i would roll it over to a new game.

                I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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                  Posted: April 23, 2005, 4:23 am - IP Logged

                  i agree with ya....