michigan 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 There are 586,000,000 reasons to play the lottery today http://michiganradio.org/post/there-are-586000000-reasons-play-lottery-today <p>Michigan Lottery players have more than visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads this holiday season.</p><p><a href="http://www.megamillions.com/">A potentially record breaking lottery jackpot</a> is on the line tonight.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $586 million. The all-time biggest lottery jackpot in the U.S. reached $656 million back in March of this year. Depending on final day sales, the Mega Millions jackpot could break the record tonight.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15723 at http://michiganradio.org There are 586,000,000 reasons to play the lottery today 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 Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-december-4th-2013 <p>Can you imagine paying $7 for a gallon of milk? That reality isn't too far off if Congress can't get it together and pass a Farm Bill. We found out more about the so-called dairy cliff on today's show.</p><p>Then, scientists say Lake Superior is heating up faster than any other lake on Earth. We asked why.</p><p>And, Traverse City’s festivals are adding jobs and money to the local economy, some residents have had enough. Can a balance be reached?</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;move by the Michigan Lottery has caught retailers by surprise, a big surprise.</span></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. Storeowners 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> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:49:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 15539 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 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 Two big jackpots stoking lottery fever in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/two-big-jackpots-stoking-lottery-fever-michigan <p>Michigan lottery players are dreaming of winning two huge jackpots these days.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 700 million dollars is on the line in this weekend’s Powerball and Mega Millions drawings.</span></p><p>Andi Brancato is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Lottery.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She says the two big jackpots are pushing lottery ticket sales.</span></p><p>“Maybe you have regular Mega Millions players who think ‘Gee, maybe I’ll get a Powerball ticket as well’,” says Brancato, “and vice versa with the Powerball players.”</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12604 at http://michiganradio.org Two big jackpots stoking lottery fever 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 Who’s betting on an online lottery system? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-s-betting-online-lottery-system <p>How would you like to buy lottery tickets online?<br><br>Governor Rick Snyder bets you would.</p><p>His administration is asking for more than $3 million to launch an online lottery system called iLottery, where buyers could purchase tickets right from their computers.<br><br>But the plan has foes in both the state House and Senate, who are maneuvering to block online lottery gaming.<br><br>Dave Eggert, the Lansing reporter for the Associated Press, fills us in on the ongoing battle for digital lottery.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 20:15:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 12478 at http://michiganradio.org Who’s betting on an online lottery system? 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 What are the odds? Michigan store sells five winning Mega Millions lottery tickets http://michiganradio.org/post/what-are-odds-michigan-store-sells-five-winning-mega-millions-lottery-tickets <p>Five winning tickets in Tuesday&rsquo;s Mega Millions lottery drawing were purchased at a Meijer store in Northville.</p><p>The five&nbsp;tickets matched five of the six numbers drawn and they are worth a quarter million dollars each.</p><p>Michigan Lottery spokeswoman Andi Brancato&nbsp;admits one store selling so many winning tickets is unusual.</p><p>&ldquo;There are a lot of things that can sometimes seem like they&rsquo;re impossible to happen.&nbsp; But we are talking about elements of chance that are what make up a lottery game,&quot; says&nbsp;Brancato.</p><p>Brancato says it&rsquo;s possible that one person bought all five tickets.</p><p>&ldquo;We have had players who&rsquo;ve purchased multiple tickets, for the same drawing, with the same numbers in the&nbsp;past,&quot; says Brancato, &quot;We need to have a &lsquo;red flag&rsquo;.&nbsp; We need to have a reason to conduct an investigation.&nbsp; Certainly if there was a problem, or we even thought that there was a problem, we would take a look at it.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since no one matched all six Mega Millions numbers in Tuesday&rsquo;s drawing, Friday&rsquo;s jackpot will be worth 290 million dollars. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:50:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 6730 at http://michiganradio.org What are the odds? Michigan store sells five winning Mega Millions lottery tickets Many Michiganders are betting on a 'green' Christmas this year http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-are-betting-green-christmas-year <p>&nbsp;Shopping malls won&rsquo;t be the only retailers doing brisk business this weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries have a combined jackpot of about $300&nbsp;million.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Andi Brancato&nbsp;is the Michigan Lottery&rsquo;s spokeswoman.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She says big jackpots usually draw in people who don&rsquo;t normally buy lottery tickets.&nbsp;&nbsp; And Brancato says that&rsquo;s good news to Michigan&rsquo;s eleven thousand&nbsp;lottery retailers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5526 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders are betting on a 'green' Christmas this year "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 Legislator acts to close lottery loophole http://michiganradio.org/post/legislator-acts-close-lottery-loophole <p>After news reports circulated that a lottery winner in Michigan was still using food stamps, one state senator has decided to try to close a loophole in state law.</p><p>Senator John Moolenaar (R-Midland), <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/readarticle.asp?id=3980&amp;District=36">released a statement</a> saying he&#39;s proposing legislation that would require Michigan lottery officials to share the names of winners with various government departments and immediately remove them from all public assistance programs:</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 15:22:37 +0000 Mark Brush 2546 at http://michiganradio.org Legislator acts to close lottery loophole