Mere months after it began selling lottery games online, the Michigan Lottery has created its first millionaire. An as-yet unnamed player claimed the top prize on the $20 Diamond Payout Â scratcher, in which participants must match one of 25 numbers to any of the five in the winning line in order to win the prize indicated.
The state lottery first tested online games on its site in August 2014 before soft-launching them the following November. Despite the lack of promotion, Michigan Lottery officials claim that more than 100,000 players are now registered, with online sales currently totalling roughly $2 million a week. In addition, projections suggest that they will total more than $480 million after eight years.
Other online instants available to Michigan players include Keno, Cash Word and Pure Gold, all of which can be enjoyed on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.
For every dollar played on Michigan Lottery games, 30 cents is contributed to the stateâ€™s school system, with more than $17 billion donated by the lottery since 1972. Two bills have been introduced recently which question whether the lottery might not be run more effectively in the private sector, prompting worries over the jobs of 170 people currently employed by the state to administer the games.
Those who buy their tickets in the Great Lake State can take part in the huge multi state Powerball and Mega Millions draws as well as homegrown lotteries like Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47 and a range of pull tab and scratcher games. Find out the latest Michigan Lottery results by checking out the dedicated page on Lottery.net.