powerball 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 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 In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-118 <p><strong>Snyder pushes renewable energy and drilling for natural gas</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder gave a special address on energy and the environment Wednesday. Highlights of his address include a push for more renewable energy and more drilling for natural gas. As the Lansing State Journal <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20121128/NEWS04/311280029/Natural-gas-key-Snyder-energy-plan-Michigan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>"The Republican governor gave natural gas a central role in an energy policy that seeks greater efficiency and improvements to infrastructure such as pipelines and the electric transmission grid. It proposes establishing a “strategic natural gas reserve” designed to make the resource more affordable and defends the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract gas from deep underground."</p></blockquote><p><strong>GOP pushing for right-to-work in lame duck</strong></p><p>Republicans are still working to make Michigan a right-to-work state. This comes after voters rejected a ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution. As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/POLITICS02/211290386/GOP-tries-again-right-work-laws-Michigan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Today could be the last chance to introduce a bill making union membership optional as a condition of employment in the private and public sectors to get it passed by Dec. 13. That's the day legislative leaders hope to head home for the holidays."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Sorry Michigan, no one won the Powerball jackpot in the state</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Lottery says two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each were sold in the state. Officials say the tickets were sold at a liquor store in Kentwood and a CVS pharmacy in Dearborn. The Michigan tickets matched five numbers drawn last night, but not the Powerball number. Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $579.9 million jackpot," the AP repots. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:16:23 +0000 Emily Fox 10129 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . 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? 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