LANSING, January 20, 2009 – The Michigan Lottery is giving players an annual second chance to win $1,000,000 with its new Instant Replay program.
Beginning January 20, Lottery players can enter their non-winning instant game tickets into the Instant Replay drawing pool from which one lucky player will be randomly selected to receive a $1,000,000 prize! Drawings will be conducted once each year and each entry will require a player to submit $10 worth of eligible non-winning tickets. Over 100 different instant games, excluding those with a $2 million top prize, are eligible for entry. Players may enter as many times as they want but individual tickets can only be entered only one time.
Instant Replay is an innovative program that will be integrated into the Lottery’s highly successful online VIP club, Player CityTM (www.playercity.net).
Since its inception in 2005, Player City has registered over 200,000 members and is believed to be one of the largest online lottery player communities in the world. Membership in the club is free and once registered members can begin to earn “Player City Points” for participating in various on-site activities. Members can redeem their points for entries into various monthly contests for event tickets and merchandise. Each $10 Instant Replay entry earns a member 2,000 P.C. Points.
“Aside from jackpot and winning number alerts sent by email, the ability to enter second chance drawings is one of the more popular benefits of Player City membership,” said Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen. “Since launching the club, the Lottery has awarded over 8,000 Player City members with a variety of prizes ranging from sports tickets and merchandise prize packs to movie tickets and gift cards. The addition of Instant Replay adds even more value to becoming a club member by giving our players a second chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize.”
The first Instant Replay drawing is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2009. From the pool of entries, five finalists will be randomly selected to participate in a live grand prize drawing to award one finalist the $1,000,000 prize. The date and location of the inaugural Instant Replay drawing will be announced later this year.
Additional details on Instant Replay can be found on the Lottery’s homepage (https://www.michiganlottery.com) by selecting the Instant Replay logo/link.
Over 95 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2008, the contribution to schools was $740.7 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.
For additional information, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at https://www.michiganlottery.com.