Lottery wraps historical instant sales week

Michigan LotteryWith the launch of the Cash for Life family of games, the Michigan Lottery has closed out the most successful instant ticket sales year in its 40-year history.

For the week ending March 5, Lottery unaudited instant ticket sales were $23.9 million.

Lottery officials attribute the stunning success to a new series of instant tickets, Cash for Life. The game offers $1, $2, $5 and $10 price points and top prizes ranging from $400 a week for life to $4,000 a week for life.

In addition to the top “life” prizes, players can win any of the other $64.5 million available in the game.

“The $23.9 million week was a tremendous accomplishment for the Michigan Lottery. In the process of providing products that clearly appeal to our players, we are accomplishing our goal of generating revenue for the School Aid Fund,” said Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen.

In addition to Cash for Life, the Michigan Lottery offers a full portfolio of dozens of other instant games and terminal-based games, including the multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball. Lottery tickets are sold at nearly 11,000 retailers across the state.

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 2011, the contribution to schools was over $727.3 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed over $16 billion to education in Michigan.

For information on all Lottery games, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at

“The Michigan Lottery. All across the state good things happen.”

Contact:  Andi Brancato, PR Director  517-335-5648
Agency:  Michigan Lottery Public Relations

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