The Michigan Lottery began when the Green Ticket game started on November 13, 1972. On October 7, 1975, the first instant game ticket was purchased. Terminal-based games commenced on June 6, 1977, when the Daily 3 game was introduced. The first "Michigan Lotto" game was introduced on August 13, 1984. The first The Big Game (now Mega Millions) ticket was sold on August 31, 1996. Since its commencement, the Michigan Lottery has donated more than $14.5 billion to the School Aid Fund.
The Michigan Lottery offers a number of games in different styles of play, including:“Scratch-off” games;
Online games, where drawings are held to pick winning numbers. The latter include Mega Millions, Classic Lotto 47 and Powerball;
Pull-tabs, which are similar to scratch tickets; however, players pull perforated tabs instead of "scratching off" the ticket.
Lottery tickets are offered to the public through more than 10,000 licensed Michigan Lottery retailers.
To play Michigan Lottery scratch games, a player scratches off a ticket; each game consists of different themes, play styles and prize structures. The Lottery averages over 70 new scratch games per year. These games are priced from $1 and $30, with prizes up to $4 million.
Tickets for these games are sold from lottery terminals connected to a central system. Lottery drawings are held to determine the winning numbers. Depending on the lottery game, drawings are held four minutes apart (Club Keno), twice a day (Daily 3 and Daily 4), daily (Fantasy 5 and Keno!) or twice a week (Powerball, Mega Millions, and Classic Lotto 47).
Added in 2003, Club Games consist of the Club Keno game and pull-tabs, available mostly in social settings, such as bars, restaurants, and bowling centers.
For Club Keno players choose up to 10 numbers out of 80. With results displayed on television sets three minutes apart, the Lottery draws 20 numbers. Wagers are $1 to $20; the top prize is $100,000 for a $1 bet.
With top prizes ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, pull-tab games are similar to “scratch-off” games. Instead of scratching off a ticket, a player pulls perforated tabs.
Initiated in 1990, Keno! players select 10 numbers out of 80. During the daily drawings, 22 numbers are chosen. A player matching 10 numbers wins $250,000. Players also win money by matching 9, 8, 7, or 6 numbers. There also is a prize for matching zero numbers, which is a $1 scratch ticket (rather than a free Keno! play). Keno! results are shown on the nighttime version of the Michigan Lottery Show on WDIV.
Players select either a three- or four-digit number; to win, the player's number must match exactly the number drawn. Optional methods of play allow players to box their numbers; matching the winning number's digits in any order wins a lower payout.
Fantasy 5 began on September 12, 2004, replacing a game called Rolldown. Players select 5 of 39 numbers. Jackpots begin at $100,000 with drawings held daily. Fantasy 5 jackpots increase by a minimum of $5,000 per drawing if there is no top-prize winner. Fantasy 5 results are shown on the nightly version of the Michigan Lottery Show on WDIV.
Introduced on May 15, 2005, Classic Lotto 47 replaced Winfall. Players pick 6 of 47 numbers. Classic Lotto 47 drawings are held twice weekly with jackpots starting at $1 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 11 million. Unlike most Michigan Lottery games (which draw numbered balls), Classic Lotto 47 and Fantasy 5 are drawn using a random number generator (RNG).
On September 6, 1996, six lotteries (including Michigan's) began The Big Game. It became Mega Millions six years later. Players select six numbers from two number pools: 5 numbers from 1 through 75, and the Mega Ball number (1 through 15) for a chance to win a multimillion-dollar jackpot. Currently, Mega Millions jackpots begin at $15 million (annuity value), and increases when there is no top prize winner. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Jackpot winners in Michigan, as with most Mega Millions jurisdictions, choose either the annuity (30 annual payments) or the cash option after winning. The Megaplier option, which multiplies a non-jackpot prize by 2, 3, 4, or 5, became available in Michigan in January 2011.
Powerball began in 1992; Michigan joined in 2010. Players select six numbers from two pools as in Mega Millions: five numbers 1 through 59, and the red Powerball (1-39.) Jackpots begin at $40 million annuity. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays.
On October 19, 2014, Monopoly Millionaires′ Club will be launched by 23 lotteries; an additional seven are expected in 2015.