Player City registers its 200,000th “citizen”!

LANSING, January 28, 2009 – A White Lake woman is the lucky 200,000th person to join the Michigan Lottery’s free VIP club, Player City!

Lynne Thompson is a long-time Lottery player who enjoys both instant and online games. She initially heard about Player City through a co-worker and after checking her numbers on the Michigan Lottery’s Web site,, she began to explore Player City.

“I registered with Player City to enter my 12 Days of Cash instant ticket into the second chance drawing, only to find out I had missed the deadline,” said Thompson. “After exploring the site, I discovered Instant Replay and entered my ticket for that drawing. I like that players are given the opportunity to still win prizes on losing tickets,” she added.

Created in 2005, Player City ( is considered to be one of the largest online player communities in the world. It offers its registered “citizens” a wide variety of incentives, including the ability to earn “Player City Points” that allows them to participate in on-site activities. Members can redeem the points for entries into various monthly contests for event tickets and merchandise, and they can also enter second chance drawings for cash prizes, prize packs and vacations. In addition, “citizens” can sign up for daily drawing and jackpot updates to be sent to them directly.

“We are thrilled so many Lottery players are enjoying the incentives and fun Player City membership offers,” said Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen. “This is a milestone not only for Player City, which we hope will continue to grow, but for the Michigan Lottery as well.”

Since launching the VIP club, the Lottery has awarded over 8,000 Player City members prizes ranging from sports tickets and merchandise prize packs to movie tickets and gift cards.

To register, go to www.playercity.netand click on “register to become a member”. Registration is free, and for prize verification purposes only, players will need to include a name, address, phone number and email address for valid membership. Once registered, members can immediately begin to take advantage of all the site has to offer.

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

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