Strong Player Support Pushes Michigan Lottery Sales to a Record $2.596 Billion in 2014

MiLottery Horz logoStrong player support pushed sales of Michigan Lottery tickets to a record $2.596 billion in the 2014 fiscal year, the 10th straight year of $2 billion-plus sales.

The 2014 sales eclipsed by 4.8 percent the previous record of $2.476 billion set in 2013. The record sales also led to record commissions for the Lottery’s nearly 11,000 retailers, many of them family-owned businesses.  Retailer commissions totaled $188.6 million, a 5.7 percent increase from the previous record of $178.4 million set in 2013.

Prizes awarded to players also set a new record, $1.59 billion, a 6.5 percent increase from the previous record of $1.49 billion set in 2013.

The Lottery also contributed $742.8 million to the state School Aid Fund in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. That was 1.2 percent higher than the 2013 contribution of $734.3 million.

The record sales were due primarily to a 10.5 percent increase in instant games, the Lottery’s top-selling category of games. Instant game sales were bolstered by the introduction of the Lottery’s first $30 instant game, $2,000,000 CA$H, in February.

Nearly a fifth of the $100 million increase in total prizes awarded to players came from a July Daily 4 drawing when 1-1-1-1 was drawn for the first time in more than nine years. About 3,700 Daily 4 players each won a top prize of $5,000 for a total of some $18.4 million.  The number of winners and the prize total for the drawing were both nearly 25 times that of a typical Daily 4 drawing.

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A Good Year: Lottery Players Collect Huge Prizes in 2014

Man with money falling.Many Michigan Lottery players dream about how their lives would change if they won a huge jackpot. That’s part of the fun and excitement that comes with playing Lottery games. Some lucky players saw their dreams come true in 2014, after snagging big Lottery prizes.

All told, players won nearly $1.6 billion playing Lottery games in 2014. With a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot topping the list of big winners, the top 10 prizes Michigan Lottery won in 2014 (through Dec. 16) were:

1. $66 million Mega Millions jackpot won by Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, on June 13
2. $6 million Lotto 47 jackpot won by an Oakland County woman on Sept. 27
3. $5.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot won by an Oakland County lottery club on March 19
4. $4.4 million Cash for Life top prize won by an Allegan County woman on Feb. 19
4. $4.4 million Cash for Life top prize won by John Mikula, of Macomb County, on June 24
6. $3.3 million Lotto 47 jackpot won by Jeff LeBar, of Manistique, on May 21
7. $2.2 million Cash for Life top prize won by a Livingston County man on March 17
7. $2.2 million Cash for Life top prize won by a Wayne County man on June 16
7. $2.2 million Cash for Life top prize won by a Wayne County woman on Nov. 17
10. $2.05 million Lotto 47 jackpot won by a Kalkaska County woman on Nov. 8

The top 10 prizes for 2014 account for nearly $100 million in winnings for players. In addition to these winners, 15 other Lottery players won prizes of $1 million or more during 2014.

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Clinton County Man Wins $2 Million Playing Michigan Lottery’s Mega Money Multiplier Instant Game

$2 million winning Mega Money Multiplier ticket.

$2 million winning Mega Money Multiplier ticket.

Christmas came early for a Clinton County man who won $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Mega Money Multiplier game.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Wacousta General Store, located at 13051 Wacousta Road in Grand Ledge. He chose to take his prize as a one-time cash payment of nearly $1.3 million.

Mega Money Multiplier is the newest $20 instant game from the Lottery and features prizes ranging from $20 to $2 million. Two $2 million top prizes, 62 $5,000 prizes and 376 $1,000 prizes remain for the instant game which launched on Dec. 2.

Mega Money Multiplier and other Lottery instant game tickets may be purchased at retailers across the state.

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Sales for MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Lottery Game To Be Suspended After Dec. 26 Drawing

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubSales for the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery game in its current format will be suspended in Michigan after the game’s Dec. 26 drawing.

The game debuted Oct. 19 in Michigan, 21 other states and the District of Columbia.  Each $5 game ticket gives players three chances to become a millionaire. However, sales for the game were less than industry projections, prompting Texas to suspend sales last week.  The other lotteries participating in the game decided late Monday to suspend sales after the Dec. 26 drawing.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game Top Prize starts at $15 million and can grow to $25 million. Each time the Top Prize is won, there will be at least 10 additional $1 million winners. Once the Top Prize amount reaches $25 million, all additional prize money creates more $1 million prizes.

The game also features a second chance drawing that offers players the opportunity to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas plus a chance to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. The first drawing for the game show took place on Dec. 2 and the winners already selected still will be going to Las Vegas in January for tapings of the game show.

For this Friday’s drawing, the top prize is $25 million and 20 $1 million winners are possible. MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game drawings take place Fridays at 11:15 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers around the state until 9:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Officials of the participating lotteries are considering options for the future of the game and the TV game show.

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Eaton County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Lisa Scholten (center) poses for a photo with Beagle Elementary School principal, Dawn Kennaugh (left), and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Lisa Scholten (center) poses for a photo with Beagle Elementary School principal, Dawn Kennaugh (left), and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

An Eaton County educator known for making learning exciting and fun and motivating students to achieve academic success has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Lisa Scholten, is a sixth-grade teacher, at Beagle Elementary School in Grand Ledge. The school is part of the Grand Ledge Public Schools district.

The Michigan Lottery recently established the Excellence in Education awards to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Scholten will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

Lisa Scholten (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Lisa Scholten (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo. Izzo met recently with Scholten at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Scholten said that her favorite parts about being an educator are “working with students and building a relationship with each student and seeing that light bulb come on” when they grasp a concept or idea.

She added that she’s inspired to do her best every day in the classroom “by the students and my passion for teaching. I’m hoping to make a difference in the lives of my students.”

Scholten earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. She has been teaching for 17 years, the last eight in the Grand Ledge Public Schools district and has been in her current position for the past two years.

Scholten was nominated for the Excellence in Education award by a former student’s mother, who wrote that “Ms. Scholten was funny, nice, understanding, and expected excellence in her students and their academic success. She genuinely cares about the well-being of her students, current and former. She makes that extra effort and takes the time to listen to them, get to know them and encourage them when they’re struggling or excelling.”

The mother noted in her nomination that for her son Scholten brought out “an eagerness to learn, a willingness to participate, creativity and a drive to succeed that we’d never seen before, or since. There were so many small moments that affected both my son and the children in her class in such profound ways. She was a turning point for my son and without a doubt the most influential educator in my son’s academic career.”

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation or through the websites of the Lottery’s media partner stations.

Excellence in Education award nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
  • Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
  • Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts
  • Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.
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