Michigan Lottery Joins National Council on Problem Gambling As Part of Ongoing Commitment to Responsible Gaming

MiLottery Horz logoThe Michigan Lottery has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling as part of its ongoing commitment to responsible gaming.

“Michigan Lottery games are designed to provide players with fun and entertainment. Each year, millions of people play our games and enjoy them responsibly,” said Jeff Holyfield, the Lottery’s director of public relations.

“For those individuals who show signs of problem gambling behavior, we believe it is our responsibility to offer information and assistance. As part of that effort, the Michigan Lottery provides $1 million each year to help fund statewide education and treatment programs for problem gambling.”

The assistance available to players includes a toll-free helpline:  800-270-7117.

Joining the council will allow the Michigan Lottery to increase its involvement in responsible gaming at a national level and support the council’s efforts.

The council is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming.  It also serves as the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families.

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Avast Me Hearties! $72 Million Mega Millions Booty Up for Grabs on International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate in Cave with TreasureTonight’s Mega Millions drawing – taking place on International Talk Like a Pirate Day – offers players the chance to win some serious booty with a $72 million jackpot up for grabs!

The $72 million treasure trove is certainly plenty to get excited about, and would mean a swashbuckling good time for the winner! With $72 million in doubloons, a pirate talking winner could buy:

  • More than 1.4 million pirate costumes
  • 8 million stuffed parrots
  • 2 million skull and crossbones pirate flags
  • 960 hand-crafted, authentic pirate ships

The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won by a Michigan player there was another notable date on the calendar: Friday the 13th. Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, defied all superstition that day and won a $66 million jackpot.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $180 million.

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The Streak Michigan Lottery Players Still Winning Fantasy 5 Jackpots at a Sizzling Rate

Winning TicketFantasy 5 players continue to win jackpots at a sizzling rate, hitting 52 jackpots since April 7. All told, Fantasy 5 jackpot winners have won more than $8 million from the Michigan Lottery during the streak.

The latest jackpot win came Tuesday evening when a St. Clair County man matched the five numbers drawn – 01-05-20-26-29 – to win $105,000. The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his ticket at JR3’s Party Store, located at 4502 South Wayne Road in Wayne.

During the incredible streak, Fantasy 5 players have won at least one jackpot each week since April 7 and have won more than two jackpots per week on average.

On Aug. 29, three lucky players split a $731,607 Fantasy 5 jackpot, the largest amount won during the streak and so far in 2014.

The winning ticket holders from the April 26, July 21, July 28, Aug. 3 and Sept. 14 Fantasy 5 drawings have yet to claim those prizes. Those winning tickets total more than $500,000 in jackpot prizes.

  • April 26: $159,835, bought at the Dearborn Amoco Service Station, located at 22096 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn
  • July 21: $110,000, bought at the Meijer, located at 3610 Marketplace Circle in Rochester Hills
  • July 28: $52,500 ($105,000 split between two players), bought at the BP, located at 34901 Ann Arbor Trail in Livonia
  • Aug. 3: $138,056, bought at the Meijer gas station, located at 7149 East Saginaw Street in East Lansing
  • Sept. 14: $227,035, bought at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 1585 North Wixom Road in Wixom

The lucky ticket holders should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to set up appointments to claim their prize. Tickets for Fantasy 5 are valid for one year from the drawing date. Prizes of more than $50,000 must be claimed at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot guaranteed to start at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m.

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Isabella County Man Cashes in on $100,000 Prize Playing Michigan Lottery’s Cashword

Winning TicketA few choice words turned into a $100,000 prize for a lucky Isabella County man playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cashword instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim his $100,000 prize. He bought his ticket at the Meijer, located at 1015 East Pickard in Mount Pleasant.

Two top prizes of $100,000 and 83 $1,000 prizes remain in the popular $3 instant game.

The Lottery offers players several Cashword ticket options ranging from $2 to $10 per play. Players uncover letters in a crossword puzzle to win cash prizes.

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Eastpointe Man Wins $1 Million on Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Game Show

$1,000,000 Play it Again Winner Gary Mayberger

Gary Mayberger, of Eastpointe, won the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again game show on Sept. 17.

Retirement is a little closer for an Eastpointe man who won $1 million on the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again game show Wednesday night.

Gary Mayberger won the big prize by scoring 26 on two rolls of five dice. He beat out Kelly Day, of Armada and John Freeman, of Grand Rapids in the game, which was shown by TV stations across Michigan. Although Mayberger was the big winner, Day and Freeman each took home $5,000.

“I just won $1 million! This is all so unbelievable,” Mayberger said after winning. “On my way here, my best friend, Ray, told me not to think of about ‘if I win’ because I was ‘going to win’ and it turns out he was right!”

The 56-year-old Lottery player has been dreaming of hitting it big for a long time. He knew he had a 1 in 3 shot at becoming a millionaire when he got the call that he had been selected to appear on the $1,000,000 Play it Again game show.

“When the person on the other end of the line told me I had been selected to play for $1 million, I was stunned. I got up, paced around, and went and found my neighbors to tell them the news,” Mayberger said.

Once he calmed down, he began thinking about all of the “what-ifs” that come with the possibility of winning $1 million and made plans for the money, just in case he was the big winner.

$1,000,000 Play it Again Winner Gary Mayberger Celebrates

Gary Mayberger (center) and his best friend Ray Harrison (right) celebrate after Mayberger won the $1,000,000 Play it Again game show as host Christopher Knight looks on.

“The first thing I want to do is give some money to my parents for all that they have done for me,” said Mayberger. “I’d also like to buy a new house, nothing too fancy, just something more comfortable.”

In addition to helping his parents and purchasing a new home, the U.S. Army veteran also plans to donate a portion of his winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project and set aside the remainder for his retirement.

“I told my boss that if I won, I would come back to work, but that I’d need a two-week absence,” said Mayberger. “I’m going to take a little break, prepare for retirement in a few years, and this money will help me live comfortably.”

Players redeemed Players Club points for entries into the drawing. Each entry for the $1,000,000 Play it Again drawing required 10 Players Club points and more than 9.8 million entries were submitted. There was no limit on the number of entries that each player could submit.

The 2015 Play it Again drawing is now open to Players Club members. There is no limit on the number of entries that each Players Club member may have in the drawing. The entry deadline for the 2015 drawing is Aug. 2, 2015.

The Players Club is a free rewards program that allows Lottery players to accumulate points by entering codes on non-winning instant and draw game tickets. Points may be redeemed for entries into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise, including Lottery free-play coupons.

Players may join the Players Club by visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.

For a behind the scenes look at the $1,000,000 Play it Again game show, visit: http://bit.ly/1BQ2VNJ.

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