Online sales fuel increase in Michigan Lottery revenue
Since it began in Michigan last Thanksgiving, Internet lottery sales have mushroomed along with the number of players using their smartphones and personal computers to play.
In November 2015, the State Lottery Bureau, without fanfare, moved into the Internet gaming market, making it easier for players to bet from home instead of driving to the nearest lottery store to place a wager.
At the outset there were about 86,000 players who registered with the state for the Internet games.
The n ...
Jun 21, 2016, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan man wins $1 million on mistake lottery ticket
A simple mistake turned out to be very lucky for a Niles man who won a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Richard Hopper Sr., 69, matched the five white balls drawn 18, 41, 50, 68, and 70 in Friday's drawing to win the $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Sunrise Sunset Party Store, located at 1009 Huntly Road in Niles.
When I stopped to buy my Mega Millions ticket, the clerk said he had accidentally printed an easy pick for another player who didn' ...
Jun 2, 2016, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments
The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
Starting Monday, the lottery says players may use PayPal to fund accounts to play online games. To make a deposit into their lottery account, players must have a balance in their PayPal account or the account must be linked to a financial institution account.
Players also may withdraw winnings and direct them to their accounts with the payments system company.
Lottery players can win up ...
Apr 15, 2016, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan man arrested for impersonating lottery worker, stealing tickets
Lake Orion police have arrested a suspected thief who they say posed as a lottery agent at several Oakland and Macomb county CVS stores in order to steal Michigan Lottery scratch-off tickets.
Police Chief Jerry Narsh says investigators found unique clothing at the Pontiac home of David Witherspoon, 40, that also appears in store surveillance videos.
Narsh said when officers confronted him, he confessed, saying, I just have to steal.
Narsh says Lake Orion police were called to the CVS S ...
Apr 15, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Teen lottery winner to pay off mom's home
A Michigan teenager plans to pay off his mother's home with the winning lottery ticket she gave him.
Gabe Smith of Pewamo told the Michigan Lottery his mother bought the lucky ticket at Muir Mini Mart.
Smith, 19, said he scratched off the ticket and thought it wasn't a winner. But when he tried to enter the ticket's code into his Player's Club account, he got an error message.
When Smith contacted lottery workers, they delivered the good news: his Bonus Ball Bingo ticket was worth $100, ...
Mar 22, 2016, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man had $1 million lottery ticket in his wallet for months
Speculation swirled around Alma, Michigan, in mid-December when state lottery officials announced a $1 million winning Powerball ticket had been sold at the Speedway station on North Alger Road.
But no one came forward with the winning ticket until now.
A Kent County man walked around with the $1 million ticket in his wallet for two months before realizing he was a big winner, Lottery officials said in a press release.
Daniel Chase, of Alto, won $1 million when his Powerball ticket matc ...
Mar 1, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man wins second lottery jackpot
Clad in a basic t-shirt and jeans, you may never believe Pat Kukla is the luckiest man in Calhoun County, Michigan.
But he may be just that, The Michigan Lottery says.
Kukla visited the Michigan Lottery headquarters Friday to formally accept his second lottery jackpot.
Kukla won $384,832 Thursday, after matching all eight numbers in Club Keno's The Jack game.
He picked up his winning easy pick ticket during a lunch break at MCB Sam's Coffee Shop in Battle Creek, after noticing how hi ...
Jan 29, 2016, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
$1,000-a-month lifetime lottery ticket auctioned for $40,000
An online auction for a lottery ticket that pays $1,000 a month for the rest of a 73-year-old Kalamazoo man's life went into overtime on Thursday, Jan. 7, ending with a winning bid of more than $40,000.
The auction was held on behalf of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to pay off the debts of Donald Magett, a former Kalamazoo police officer and owner of a security firm who bought a Michigan Lottery ticket that pays $1,000-a-month in February, 1984.
The winning bidder, whose offer of $40,026 will ...
Jan 8, 2016, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan woman instantly quit job after winning $310M Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A Michigan woman found out she was the winner of the $310 million Powerball jackpot while sitting in the drive-thru at McDonald's.
Julie Leach, 50, of Three Rivers, Michigan, was introduced as the big winner during a press conference on Tuesday held by the Michigan Lottery.
Leach was a supervisor at Aquatic Bathware, a Michigan fiberglass factory, where she has worked for the past 23 years. Leach learned she was the big winner while she was at ...
Oct 6, 2015, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $310 million sold in Michigan
By Todd Northrop
One lucky Michigan lottery player in possession of a Powerball ticket containing the numbers 21, 39, 40, 55, and 59, with Powerball number 17, just became a whole lot richer.
After all the proceeds were tallied Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot stood at $310.5 million. It was the second-largest Powerball jackpot prize offered this year.
The winning ticket was sold at a Shell gas station in Three Rivers, Michigan. Customers and employees were at the gas station last ...
Oct 1, 2015, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum