mega millions http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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