Michigan Lottery Named Operator of the Year by eGaming Review

The Michigan Lottery has been named Lottery Operator of the Year by eGaming Review (EGR).

The Lottery Operator of the Year category celebrates operators that demonstrate success in the lottery sector, with particular regard for growth and commercial success, innovation and differentiation, quality of product, and branding and marketing.

The success of the Lottery’s online platform led to a 25% year-over-year (FY18 vs. FY19) increase in net revenue for online games. The Lottery is recognized as the leading operator of online games in North America, outpacing the next top grossing online lottery operation in the U.S. by more than 160%.

The EGR North America Awards are regarded as the premier gaming awards for companies operating in the North American market, recognizing leading operators for outstanding performance and innovation.

Judges for this year’s awards recognized the Lottery’s “very impressive performance. To be so far ahead of other US iLottery operators is a testament to excellent performance across the board.” The Lottery’s iLottery program was hailed as an “innovative approach to the lottery experience” with “many well-thought innovations across payments, product and marketing.” The remarks concluded by commending the Michigan Lottery’s “impressive focus on player protection.”

While online sales have flourished, the Lottery continues to focus on promoting responsible gaming across all channels. The Lottery was the first to achieve iCAP certification, the highest standard of accreditation in responsible gaming by the National Council on Problem Gambling. Additionally, the Lottery’s online services include gaming safeguards, including self-exclusion, deposit limits, age and identity verification, play history, and residency policy.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multi-million dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 90 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $845 million playing games online.

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Michigan Lottery Achieves iCAP Re-certification for Responsible Online Gaming Practices

The Michigan Lottery has received re-certification for its commitment to responsible gaming after completing the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) through the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

The Lottery first earned iCAP certification in October 2015 and was the first lottery in the United States to achieve this certification.

Developed by the NCPG, iCAP is the first and only online responsible gaming assessment program in the United States. The NCPG evaluated the Lottery’s compliance with Internet Responsible Gaming (IRG) standards developed based on best practices from jurisdictions around the world. IRG standards are the highest standards for online responsible gaming in the nation. The nine areas of focus for the NCPG iCAP certification are:

  • Corporate policy and commitment to responsible gaming
  • Staff training
  • Information available to players through MichiganLottery.com, and player account features to assist players in informed decision making
  • Assisting players who indicate they are in distress or experiencing problems
  • Self-exclusion and player-initiated restrictions on online play
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Game and website features that assist with gambling responsibly
  • Research based on the transparency of play data
  • Payment controls and limits

iCAP re-certification provides Lottery players assurance that MichiganLottery.com is trustworthy and has adopted the best standards of player protection.

The NCPG, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, leads state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multi-million dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 90 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $845 million playing games online.

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

A Kent County educator known for being an advocate for her students in the classroom and beyond has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jenna Betka-Pope, is a middle school special education teacher at Excel Charter Academy in Grand Rapids.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-school educators across the state during the school year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 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, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The news segment featuring Betka-Pope will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Betka-Pope said a volunteer experience at a young age led her to a career in special education.

“When I was about 12 years old, I volunteered as a Teacher Assistant at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for their summer camps. I had the opportunity to work with an individual with a disability during my first week, and it was incredibly eye-opening for me,” said Betka-Pope. “While this individual had different needs than the other campers, he had so many strengths and performed in the showcase at the end of the week. I began my educational journey during that week, and I have continued to feel very passionately about advocating for those with varying needs since that time.”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “forming relationships with my students and watching them realize how much potential they have when they are set up for success. It is so incredible when students see how they are progressing and feel that they have an educator in their corner.”

Betka-Pope was nominated for the award by her sister. The nomination cited her passion and dedication to advocating for those with special needs.

“She has advocated for students to receive accommodations, and also challenges them to move beyond them as they learn new ways to thrive with their learning disabilities. She often visits local high schools to talk to other special education teachers so that she can help her students find the right fit for them. Many students return to Excel to visit with her, and she stays connected with parents who reach out to her years after their students were in her care for advice.

“When Jenna speaks about her students, I believe that they can truly do anything they want to do. She advocates for a world that will let them. She has established Low-Sensory nights at places like Grand Rapids Civic Theatre so that her students and other young people and adults with disabilities have equitable opportunities to experience art, work, love, and life.”

Betka-Pope earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, and is currently working towards a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University. She has been an educator for five years, all with Excel Charter Academy.

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 are 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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Michigan Lottery’s Winner Wonderland Giveaway Offers Online Players Chance to Win $20,000

The Michigan Lottery is giving online players a chance to win $20,000 with the Winner Wonderland Giveaway.

Beginning Wednesday, players may visit https://www.winnerwonderlandgiveaway.com to be eligible to earn free play and entries for the $20,000 giveaway. Players will be required to log in with their Lottery account to access the giveaway. Players may log in and earn entries daily during the promotional period.

Players may earn additional entries by completing the bonus activities listed on the promotion’s web page. Additional details about how to earn entries will be available online. Players who do not have a Lottery online account may sign up to participate. Players may earn entries through Dec. 13.

On Dec. 16, 2020, one lucky player will be selected in a random drawing to win the $20,000 grand prize for the Winner Wonderland Giveaway.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion-dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 90 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $845 million playing games online.

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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players to practice responsible giving this holiday season when using Lottery tickets as gifts.

All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes tickets for games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky For Life, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays. For more information about the Lottery’s responsible giving campaign, visit: www.milotteryconnect.com/holiday-responsible-giving.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people, and it is best to avoid gaming activities when stressed. The Lottery reminds players: knowing your limits is always the best bet. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline is available to provide free, one-on-one support for players who may have a problem. For confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, players may call 800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

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