lottery http://michiganradio.org en $138,000 Michigan Lottery prize goes unclaimed http://michiganradio.org/post/138000-michigan-lottery-prize-goes-unclaimed <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan Lottery ticket worth more than $138,000 has gone unclaimed for a year and been deposited into the state's fund for K-12 schools.<br /><br />The lottery said Friday that the winning Fantasy 5 jackpot from the March 9, 2013 drawing was bought at the Smokers Depot &amp; Convenience store in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.<br /><br />Terminal-based tickets are valid one year from the draw date.<br /> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16771 at http://michiganradio.org $138,000 Michigan Lottery prize goes unclaimed Michigan Lottery extends contract with GTECH http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lottery-extends-contract-gtech <p>LANSING – The Michigan Lottery has extended its contract with a company that helps run games such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Club Keno.<br /><br />The lottery announced Friday that the contract with GTECH Corp. now will run through mid-January of 2017. The initial six-year deal was scheduled to expire in January 2015.<br /><br />Under terms of the contract, the bulk of the company's compensation is based on a percentage of sales. The contract extension has an estimated value of more than $53 million.<br /> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 16:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16677 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Lottery extends contract with GTECH Mega Millions jackpot jumps, now worth $636 million http://michiganradio.org/post/mega-millions-jackpot-jumps-now-worth-636-million <p>DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions estimated jackpot has soared to $636 million, making it the second largest jackpot in U.S. history.<br /><br />The jackpot had been $586 million, but lottery officials increased it Tuesday morning because of strong ticket sales ahead of the evening drawing.<br /><br />The jackpot now trails only a $656 million Mega Millions pot in March 2012.<br /><br />Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million.<br /> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:10:48 +0000 The Associated Press 15727 at http://michiganradio.org Mega Millions jackpot jumps, now worth $636 million Michigan Lottery reports record sales, lower profits http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lottery-reports-record-sales-lower-profits <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Lottery had record sales in the most recent fiscal year, but profits for schools declined from a year ago.<br /><br />The lottery on Friday reported nearly $2.5 billion in sales and $734 million in revenue for public schools. It says the contribution to schools was down 5.7 percent from a record-high payment in 2012 because of larger payouts to players.<br /> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:42:45 +0000 The Associated Press 15587 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Lottery reports record sales, lower profits Michigan lottery is launching online sales despite denied funding from Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lottery-launching-online-sales-despite-denied-funding-legislature <p>A move by the Michigan Lottery has caught retailers by surprise, a big surprise.</p><p>Earlier this year, the State Legislature said no to a budget request from the Michigan Lottery for money to launch online and smart phone lottery sales. Store owners who sell lottery tickets thought that was the end of that.</p><p>Turns out, they were wrong.</p><p>Chris Gautz has been following this story for Crain's Detroit Business, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:32:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 15538 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lottery is launching online sales despite denied funding from Legislature Online lottery put on hold in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/online-lottery-put-hold-michigan <p>Michigan residents will have to wait to gamble in the lottery online. iLottery, proposed by the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lottery">Michigan Lottery</a>, would have allowed people to buy tickets and play games like Club Keno and scratch-offs right from their computer.</p><p>However, that plan is no more. Gov. Rick Snyder approved the state budget that did not include the new gambling tool. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13265 at http://michiganradio.org Online lottery put on hold in Michigan Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-8th-2013 <p>On today's program, we explore the idea of secret work groups crafting public policy in Lansing, and how transparent Michigan's government should be.</p><p>And we look at whether expanding the lottery to the internet is a good idea.</p><p>We'll also hear how new technology being developed here in Michigan might be able to help authorities identify potential threats in airports or in large crowds. Wed, 08 May 2013 21:21:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 12479 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-funding-lottery-and-welfare-human-rights-royal-oak <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss funding proposals to fix Michigan’s roads, the number of<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-lottery-winners-lose-their-welfare-benefits"> lottery winners on welfare</a>, and how a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-decide-human-rights-ordinance">human rights ordinance</a> is moving forward in Royal Oak.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12171 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak In this morning's news: spending cuts, lottery winners on welfare, Lansing Marathon boosts security http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-spending-cuts-lottery-winners-welfare-lansing-marathon-boosts-security <p><strong>Federal cuts to affect schools </strong></p><p>"The state of Michigan doesn't plan to lay off any of its 48,000 workers because of automatic federal spending cuts. [But] federal education funding will drop $54 million and affect special education programs, after-school programs and aid for schools with more students in poverty," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>14 percent of lottery winners are on welfare or live with someone on welfare</strong></p><p>Michigan has found 3,500 lottery winners, representing around 14 percent of all winners, who either got welfare or lived with welfare recipients. As the Associated Press reports, "Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says some lottery winners are no longer getting public assistance because of the law signed a year ago. But she says 'loopholes' still let lottery winners collect some Medicaid benefits."<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing Marathon ramps up security</strong></p><p>"The two thousand runners expected to take part in this Sunday’s Lansing Marathon can expect to see tight security along the 26.2 mile course. The added security is in response to Monday’s deadly bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-will-lead-added-security-sundays-lansing-marathon"> reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:18:58 +0000 Emily Fox 12154 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: spending cuts, lottery winners on welfare, Lansing Marathon boosts security Commentary: Secret lottery http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-secret-lottery <p>Presidents, governors and legislators come and go, but one thing remains the same. Politicians are all for full disclosure and transparency in government -- until they themselves get power. Then, there are things they want to keep us from knowing.</p><p>That’s where journalists come in. We think that in most cases, the public has the right to know what’s going on, even if that is inconvenient for the government. In fact, maybe even especially if it is inconvenient for the government. When you have any government doing things secretly without any oversight, that’s not democracy.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:02:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9341 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Secret lottery Win the lottery, lose your privacy? http://michiganradio.org/post/win-lottery-lose-your-privacy <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Multistate lottery winners in Michigan could remain anonymous under a measure being considered by the Michigan Senate.<br><br> The bill would prohibit the disclosure unless the winner agrees to it in writing. Lottery officials are authorized to disclose a multistate game winner's identity.<br><br> Sterling Heights Republican and bill sponsor Tory Rocca says winners should be allowed keep their privacy, particularly for their own safety.<br><br> Lottery officials say few states require anonymity and identifying winners is important to show people win prizes.<br> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 9200 at http://michiganradio.org Win the lottery, lose your privacy? Michigan Lottery contacted by $337M jackpot winner http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lottery-contacted-337m-jackpot-winner <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Lottery says it has been contacted by the winner of last week's $337 million Powerball jackpot.</p><p>In a news release issued Wednesday, the lottery says details about the ticket-holder won't be released until the prize is officially claimed.</p><p>The winning ticket for the Aug. 15 drawing was sold at a Sunoco station in Lapeer.</p><p>It was the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the game's history. Lottery officials have said the winner could take home a $241 million lump sum. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:03:59 +0000 The Associated Press 8759 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Lottery contacted by $337M jackpot winner Buying a chance to win a half billion dollars http://michiganradio.org/post/buying-chance-win-half-billion-dollars <p>Michigan lottery players have a chance to win the largest lotto prize in U.S. History.</p><p>The Mega Millions lottery jackpot on Friday night will be $500 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That&rsquo;s about a hundred million dollars more than the previous&nbsp;U.S. lottery record.</p><p>&ldquo;We do expect with this kind of a jackpot probably lines at many retailers, particularly Friday after work, you know as people are driving home they stop to pick up their ticket,&quot; says Andi Brancato,&nbsp;a spokeswoman for the Michigan Lottery, &quot;This is virgin territory.&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:23:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6821 at http://michiganradio.org Buying a chance to win a half billion dollars Feeling Lucky? Mega Millions jackpot grows http://michiganradio.org/post/feeling-lucky-mega-millions-jackpot-grows <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to an estimated $171 million for the next drawing in the multistate lottery game.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The grand prize amount rolled over because no player matched all the winning numbers to take the $148 million jackpot up for grabs Friday night. Mega Millions will be played again on Tuesday.</span></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:45:57 +0000 The Associated Press 6584 at http://michiganradio.org Feeling Lucky? Mega Millions jackpot grows "1-1-1-1" unlucky for some Michiganders today http://michiganradio.org/post/1-1-1-1-unlucky-some-michiganders-today <p>&quot;1-1-1-1&quot;&nbsp;was not a lucky number for many would-be Michigan lottery players today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>So many people decided to play today&rsquo;s date, &quot;11/11,&quot;&nbsp; in today&rsquo;s Daily Four game, that Michigan Lottery officials were forced to stop letting people purchase tickets with that combination.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Daily Four lottery has a maximum daily payout of $40 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;At&nbsp;a certain point today,&nbsp; lottery&nbsp;computers showed if&nbsp;the combination won&nbsp;that the maximum payout would be reached.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 21:38:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 4957 at http://michiganradio.org "1-1-1-1" unlucky for some Michiganders today Taking a slim shot at $330 million http://michiganradio.org/post/taking-slim-shot-330-million <p>10-12-13-35-56 (Power Ball 9)... don't pick those numbers. They didn't win last week, and they're not likely to win in the next one hundred million years.</p><p>The "Mega Millions" jackpot has reached $330 million today causing a buying frenzy of tickets. Another set of numbers will be drawn tonight (drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 p.m. eastern).</p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:33:24 +0000 Mark Brush 741 at http://michiganradio.org Taking a slim shot at $330 million