An Introduction to the Michigan Lottery

Michigan lottery results, winner’s stories, games including the Michigan Powerball and Michigan Mega Millions and much more can be found here. Their motto is Good Things Happen, and with $26.8 billion won in prizes, plenty of Michigan lottery winners would agree. Michigan lottery winning numbers and Michigan lottery tax details can be found on this site too.


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Michigan Mega Millions

On 11th June 1996 Michigan joined Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois and Virginia in the multi-state lottery game known then as The Big Game. The first draw was in September. The Big Game changed its name to Mega Millions on 15th May 2002. Now played in 42 states, players select 5 numbers from 1 to 75 and a single Mega Ball number from 1 to 15. The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $15 million and increases each time a jackpot isn’t won.

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Michigan Powerball

The Lottery began sales of Michigan Powerball on 31st January 2010. The sale of Michigan Powerball tickets, in conjunction with Michigan Mega Millions, allowed players the chance to win prize money in multi-state games four times a week. Played in 43 US states, players select 5 white balls from numbers 1 to 59 and a single Powerball from numbers 1 to 35. Powerball jackpots are a minimum of $40 million and increase each time a jackpot is not won.

Fantasy 5

Sales for Fantasy 5, which replaced Rolldown, began on 12th September 2004.  Fantasy 5 jackpots start at $100,000 and grow until all five numbers are matched and the jackpot won.  There are also prizes for matching four, three and two numbers.

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Michigan Lotto 47

Michigan Lotto 47 was introduced on 15th May 2005, and replaced Winfall. Players pick 6 from 47 numbers for the chance to win jackpots starting at $1 million. Odds of winning the jackpot in Michigan Lotto 47 are approximately 1 in 11 million. While most lottery games draw numbered balls, Michigan Lotto 47 is drawn using a random number generator.

Michigan Lottery Daily 3

Daily 3 is game where players choose any 3-digit number, with a multitude of ways to win a prize including straight, boxed and wheeled. Bets for a single game are 50 cents or $1. Michigan Daily 3 takes place twice a day, seven days a week.

Michigan Lottery Daily 4

Michigan Lottery Daily 4 is similar, but with a 4-digit number. Again, it is played twice a day, seven days a week, and has odds of winning $5,000 at 1 in 10,000. As with Daily 3, Michigan Lottery Daily 4 can be played using an Easy Pick (lucky dip), where your Michigan lottery numbers are randomly generated.

Club Keno and Pull Tabs

On 27th October 2003 tickets for new club games, Club Keno and Pull Tabs, went on sale in licensed bars and restaurants. Club Keno is a fast, continuous game with draws every five minutes. Pull Tabs are similar to Instant games only players tear off a pull tab to reveal cash prizes.


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Poker Lotto

Poker Lotto is played with a deck of cards. In each game, five cards are randomly selected from a standard 52-card deck. There are draws every evening and a top prize of $100,000 by matching the cards drawn.


On 12th November 2006 the Michigan Lottery began sales of Millionaire Raffle, with 765 prizes totalling $6,750,000. Although the draw wasn’t to take place until 3rd January 2007 the 500,000 Millionaire Raffle tickets had already sold out by 22nd November. On 7th May 2007, a $50 Super Raffle game was launched. This game had two top prizes of $2 million, and it became the first lottery in the country to sell a $50 ticket.  The 250,000 tickets sold out in less than three days. Another raffle game was introduced on 11th May 2009. This was named Win for Life and offered a prize of $1,000 a week for life.

Michigan Lottery Winners

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Ralph and Mary Stebbins

The largest jackpot at the time in Michigan Lottery history of $208 million was won by Ralph and Mary Stebbins on 22nd April 2005. Stebbins was a well-digger and tow-truck operator who dreamt of buying a farm and a cow.

This Michigan Mega Millions win was the fourth in the state and the third largest in the history of the Mega Millions game. However, it didn’t end well. Ralph Stebbins was later charged with attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon, and died of heart failure. This was all within just 20 months of his win. Michigan Lottery results didn’t bring him much luck.

Larry Ross

The Big Game set the record for the largest jackpot in North American history on 9th May 2000 when it reached $363 million.  Michigan’s Larry Ross shared the jackpot, being one of the two winning ticket holders. At the time, Larry and his wife Nancy ran Bush Pools, a swimming pool installation and service company. It was later reported that one of his purchases, a $1.7 million yacht, was stolen for a joy ride and $30,000 of damage was caused.

Steve Mays

On 29th October 2010 Steve Mays joined the Michigan lottery winners’ club when he became the state’s second largest multi-state jackpot winner and its 11th Mega Millions winner since the game began in 2002. The retiree said that when he checked his Michigan Lottery results and discovered that he’d won, the first person he told was his wife. The couple have four children and six grandchildren who could expect to share his new wealth "eventually," he said! He opted for the annuity plan.

Hermus Millsaps

Hermus Millsaps opened the Michigan lottery winners’ club when he became Michigan’s first lottery millionaire back in 1973. On the day he bought the ticket, his car had broken down. When he collected his winnings, a lottery agent had to drive Millsaps and his wife home! Although his Michigan Lottery results were confirmed, the money was not yet in his back account.

Friends Forever

In January 1997, a group of 17 employees from Kellogg Industries in Jackson, Michigan formed a lottery club called "Friends Forever", as they faced the imminent possibility of unemployment. It worked out pretty well for them as they bagged the largest Big Game jackpot to date - $45.6 million. The numbers they chose for the draw which was only two weeks after they started playing, were 12, 17, 27, 30 and 39 and the Big Money Ball number was 7. Each member would receive $134,117.65 annually for 20 years.

Donald Lawson

 The largest Powerball prize ($223.7 million cash or $337 million annuity) was won by a self-confessed hillbilly in Michigan on 15th August 2012. Known as Dinodadog on online dating sites, Donald Lawson followed his win by stating he was looking for a woman who is “Big and beautiful, curvy, full-figured, heavyset, a few extra pounds”. The prize was the 3rd largest Powerball jackpot ever, the 7th largest lottery jackpot in US history and the largest single win for a Michigan player. Lawson the 2nd Michigan Powerball jackpot winner since ticket sales began in January 2010.


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Michigan Lottery Taxes

Michigan Lottery prizes are subject to federal, state and local taxes. The Michigan Lottery tax rates are 25% (federal) and 4.35% (state); not bad considering the New Jersey state tax is over 10%.

Legislature was passed on 11th July 1988 enabling Lottery winners of prizes over $10,000 to elect anonymity. However, this only applies to in-state lottery games. Multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions are transparent and the authorities have the right to disclose winners.


Michigan Lottery History

The lottery in Michigan began its life on 16th May 1972 when voters approved a constitutional amendment by a two to one margin. The first game was a weekly 50-cent draw called Green Ticket. Tickets for this went on sale on 13th November 1972 and the first draw was on 24th November.

On 22nd February 1973, Michigan lottery numbers were lucky for Hermus Millsaps who was the first $1 million prize winner.

Instant game tickets didn’t go on sale until 7th October 1975 and the first $1 million winner of this was on 12th January 1976. The Daily 3 game went on sale via 300 Lottery terminals across the state followed by Michigan Lottery Daily 4 on 5th October 1981.

First-week sales of $3.1 million for the state’s first Lotto game set a national record, and its first draw took place on 25th August 1984. The first jackpot for this game was won by Thomas LaPenna on 1st September 1984, when Michigan Lottery results showed that he’d won a tasty $3.1 million prize. 

Fame & Fortune was the Lottery's first weekly television game show, which initially aired in 1989. After just two years, it was replaced by a show called Megabucks Giveaway which in turn was replaced by Road to Riches in 1996. Weekly lottery TV shows were cancelled in 2000 after a significant drop in ratings. However, Make Me Rich!, a new TV game show, debuted in 2009 with prizes of $4 million in cash and a Ford Mustang.

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Supporting education

On 13th May 1981, Governor Milliken signed Public Act 40, which earmarked lottery revenues for Michigan’s School Aid Fund. The Michigan Lottery has generated more than $17 billion in net revenue for the fund, which supports public education programs throughout the state. 
Unclaimed prizes are also transferred to the state School Aid Fund. A Fantasy 5 jackpot from the 9th March 2013 draw worth $138,000 was recently deposited in the school funds. It was bought at the Smokers Depot & Convenience store in a Detroit suburb but never claimed.

Player’s Club

On 1st June 2005, Player City, a free, interactive online players' club was introduced.  Within just a few weeks, thousands of players joined the club which offers coupons, special contests and email alerts for players. In 2006 they ran a Lucky Dog contest where players submitted photos of their pooches. Seven dogs were selected to be featured in a new $1 Lucky Dog ticket to be launched that April. Player's Club replaced Player City in 2010 where players could enter non-winning tickets for prizes, receive alerts for winning number alerts and earn membership points.

Michigan Lottery app

The Michigan Lottery app was launched on 9th May 2011. Players could use it to watch Club Keno drawings, view jackpots and Michigan Lottery results, Michigan lottery past numbers and view prize tables via their phones. Both Apple and Android devices can use the Michigan lottery app.


Michigan Lottery retailers pay a license fee of $150 per application and must meet weekly sales of $500. There are nearly 11,000 licensed lottery retailers in the state who receive annual commissions of $172.1 million. Michigan Lottery retailers sell tickets, give Michigan Lottery results and pay out smaller wins.

On 1st October 1996 the Lottery changed the commission structure for retailers, paying 2% of the prize value for any redeemed winning ticket with a value of between $601 and $100,000.

On 1st October 1999 they announced that a 6% commission on all new $2 instant games would be increased to 7%. Six years later they also increased commission on Michigan Mega Millions jackpots from $2,000 to $50,000 and Michigan Lotto 47 jackpots from $2,000 to $5,000.

Some retailers appear luckier than others. Mario’s Market in southwest Lansing has sold more than 40 winning lottery tickets worth more than $2,000 since July 2011.

The Michigan Lottery has plans to offer ticket sales online, so it remains to be seen what effect this will have on the retailer network.

Michigan lottery sales

1987 was the first year that Lottery sales reached $1 billion in Michigan.

The state has devised some interesting ways to increase sales. One of its most successful was in February 2006 when Michigan hosted the 40th Super Bowl. Sales in that week totalled $47 million with nearly $14 million contributed to the School Aid Fund.

Annual sales in 2012 were $2.4 billion, generating $770 million in net revenue for the state School Aid Fund, which supports public education programs throughout the state.

From 1972 to 2012 total Lottery ticket sales were $50 billion. Net revenue to aid education in those thirty years was $17.3 billion, retailer commissions $3.2 billion and prizes to players $26.8 billion.

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