Home      Discussion      Topics      Dictionary      Almanac
Signup       Login
Michigan Lottery

Michigan Lottery

Discussion
Ask a question about 'Michigan Lottery'
Start a new discussion about 'Michigan Lottery'
Answer questions from other users
Full Discussion Forum
 
Encyclopedia
The Michigan Lottery offers numerous on-line and scratch-off games, giving players a wide variety of prize possibilities. Initiated under the authority of Public Act 239 in 1972, the games collect funds to support Michigan
Michigan
Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"....

’s public school system.

History


The Michigan Lottery began when the Green Ticket game started on November 13, 1972. On October 7, 1975, the first instant game ticket was purchased. Terminal-based games commenced on June 6, 1977, when the Daily 3 game was introduced. The first "Michigan Lotto" game was introduced on August 13, 1984. The first The Big Game ticket was sold on August 31, 1996. (The now-36-member game became Mega Millions.) Since its commencement, the Michigan Lottery has donated more than $14.5 billion to the School Aid Fund.

Lottery Products


The Michigan Lottery offers a number of games in different styles of play, including:
  • Scratch-off
    Scratchcard
    A scratchcard is a small card, often made of thin paper-based card for competitions and plastic to conceal PINs, where one or more areas contain concealed information which can...

    ” games;
  • Online games, where drawings are held to pick winning numbers. The latter include Powerball
    Powerball
    Powerball is an American lottery game sold in 44 jurisdictions as a shared jackpot game. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association , a non-profit organization formed by an agreement with lotteries. Powerball is a game whose advertised jackpot starts at $20 million and can roll into...

    , Mega Millions
    Mega Millions
    Mega Millions is a US multi-jurisdictional $1 lottery game. Since it replaced The Big Game in May 2002 , Mega Millions' advertised jackpots have started at $12 million, paid in 26 yearly installments , increasing when there is no jackpot winner...

    , and Classic Lotto 47;
  • Pull-tabs, which are similar to scratch tickets; however, players pull perforated tabs instead of "scratching off" the ticket.


Lottery tickets are offered to the public through more than 10,000 licensed Michigan Lottery retailers.

Scratch games


To play Michigan Lottery scratch games, a player scratches off a ticket; each game consists of different themes, play styles and prize structures. The Lottery averages over 70 new scratch games per year. These games are priced from $1 and $20, with prizes up to $2 million.

Terminal-based games


Tickets for these games are sold from lottery terminals connected to a central system. Lottery drawings are held to determine the winning numbers. Depending on the lottery game, drawings are held four minutes apart (Club Keno), twice a day (Daily 3 and Daily 4), daily (Fantasy 5
Fantasy 5
The following is a list of lottery games in the United States and Canada in which five regular numbers are drawn from a larger set of numbers. The list includes the name, the number field for each, and the frequency of drawings. All pick-5 games in the U.S...

 and Keno!) or twice a week (Powerball, Mega Millions, and Classic Lotto 47).

Club Games


Added in 2003, Club Games consist of the Club Keno game and pull-tab
Pull-tab
A pull-tab is a gambling ticket that is sold as a means to play a pull-tab game. The object of the ticket is to open the perforated windows on the back of the ticket and match the symbols inside the ticket to the winning combinations on the front of the ticket. The winning Pull-Tab ticket is turned...

s, available mostly in social settings, such as bars, restaurants, and bowling centers.

For Club Keno players choose up to 10 numbers out of 80. With results displayed on television sets four minutes apart, the Lottery draws 20 numbers. Wagers are $1 to $20; the top prize is $100,000 for a $1 bet.

With top prizes ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, pull-tab games are similar to “scratch-off” games. Instead of scratching off a ticket, a player pulls perforated tabs.

Keno!


Initiated in 1990, Keno! players select 10 numbers out of 80. During the daily drawings, 22 numbers are chosen. A player matching 10 numbers wins $250,000. Players also win money by matching 9, 8, 7, or 6 numbers. There also is a prize for matching zero numbers, which is a $1 scratch ticket (rather than a free Keno! play).
Keno! results are shown on the nighttime version of the Michigan Lottery Show on WDIV.

Daily 3 and Daily 4


The Daily 3 and Daily 4 games are drawn twice daily, seven days a week. These two games have a variety of play styles. A $1 wager can win $500 in Daily 3 or $5,000 in Daily 4.
Both midday and nighttime Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings are shown live on WDIV. The midday drawing is just before Days of Our Lives
Days of our Lives
Days of our Lives is a long running daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. It is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday in the United States since November 8, 1965. It has since been syndicated to many countries around...

at 1:00 pm. The nighttime drawing is held just before Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Griffin's first conception of the game used a board comprising ten categories with ten clues each, but after finding that this board could not be shown on camera easily, he reduced it to two rounds of thirty clues each, with five clues in each of six categories...

.

Fantasy 5


Fantasy 5
Fantasy 5
The following is a list of lottery games in the United States and Canada in which five regular numbers are drawn from a larger set of numbers. The list includes the name, the number field for each, and the frequency of drawings. All pick-5 games in the U.S...

 began on September 12, 2004, replacing a game called Rolldown. Players select 5 of 39 numbers. Jackpots begin at $100,000 with drawings held daily. Fantasy 5 jackpots increase by a minimum of $5,000 per drawing if there is no top-prize winner.
Fantasy 5 results are shown on the nightly version of the Michigan Lottery Show on WDIV.

Classic Lotto 47


Introduced on May 15, 2005, Classic Lotto 47 replaced Winfall. Players pick 6 of 47 numbers. Classic Lotto 47 drawings are held twice weekly with jackpots starting at $1 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 11 million. Unlike most Michigan Lottery games (which draw numbered balls), Classic Lotto 47 is drawn using a random number generator (RNG).

Mega Millions (multi-lottery game)


Main article: Mega Millions
Mega Millions
Mega Millions is a US multi-jurisdictional $1 lottery game. Since it replaced The Big Game in May 2002 , Mega Millions' advertised jackpots have started at $12 million, paid in 26 yearly installments , increasing when there is no jackpot winner...



On September 6, 1996, six lotteries (including Michigan's) began The Big Game. It became Mega Millions in 2002. Players select 6 numbers from 2 pools: 5 numbers from 1 through 56, and the Mega Ball number (1 through 46) for a chance to win a multi-million dollar jackpot. Currently, Mega Millions jackpots begin at $12 million (annuity value), and increases when there is no top prize winner. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Michigan jackpot winners choose either the annuity (26 annual payments) or the cash option after winning. The Megaplier option will be added to Michigan Lottery in January, 2011.

Powerball (multi-lottery game)



Main article: Powerball
Powerball
Powerball is an American lottery game sold in 44 jurisdictions as a shared jackpot game. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association , a non-profit organization formed by an agreement with lotteries. Powerball is a game whose advertised jackpot starts at $20 million and can roll into...



Powerball began in 1992. Players select six numbers from two pools: five numbers from 1 through 59, and the Powerball number (1 through 39) for a chance to win a multi-million dollar jackpot prize. Currently, Powerball jackpots begin at $20 million (annuity value), and increases every time there is no top prize winner. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On January 31, 2010, some of the Mega Millions member lotteries (including Michigan) joined Powerball.

External links