HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 22Michigan Lottery to Participate in Expanded Mega Millions, Releases Mobile App

On August 12, 2013, the Michigan Lottery (“Lottery”) announced that the Mega Millions lottery game offered in the state will transition to a new prize structure which will include larger jackpots. In addition, the Lottery recently released a mobile app for the iPhone and Android devices that allows players to check winning numbers and jackpots.

Mega Millions Game Changes

The Mega Millions lottery games were introduced in 1996 as the “Big Game” with six states participating, including Michigan. Since its inception, the game has expanded to include 43 states and has continued to increase the jackpot size and total payout. Players choose five numbers, represented on white balls during the drawing, and one gold Mega Ball number to total six numbers. Drawings occur twice per week, on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

The current game changes, which will take effect on October 22, 2013, will change aspects of how the game plays and will increase the amount of payouts. The changes are the first amendments to the gameplay since June of 2005. These changes include:

1. The minimum jackpot will increase from $12 Million to $15 Million

2. Each jackpot will grow by at least $5 million after drawings in which no jackpot is awarded

3. The mix of  white balls will increase to 75 and the number of gold balls will decrease to 15

4. The Megaplier feature, which is an additional option that players can purchase for $1 to increase non-jackpot prizes, will now include a factor that allows players to win up to $5 Million without matching all six numbers.

The odds of hitting a winning jackpot are now 1 in 259 Million, with the overall odds of winning any prize at 1 in 14.7.

Mobile App

On July 25, 2013, the Lottery released its Michigan Lottery Mobile App for iPhone and Android devices. The application allows users to check winning numbers, watch Club Keno drawings, find retailer locations, participate in the Player’s Club, as well as additional features.

Notably, the application will not allow users to purchase lottery tickets through their mobile devices. In July, the Lottery announced that it was suspending its plans to allow lottery tickets and other games to be purchased and/or played over the Internet. The online sales program, referred to as “iLottery,” initially received support from Governor Rick Snyder who proposed a $3.4 Million allocation in his 2014 budget proposal for the project’s development. The funding, however, was not included in the final omnibus budget sent to the Governor. In addition, the program has been opposed by some members in the legislature which resulted in the introduction of Senate Bill 0294 on April 10, 2013 which would prohibit the Lottery from conducting any sales over the Internet. Senate Bill 0294 has remained in the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform since April 10, 2013.

Those interested in learning more about the new Mega Millions game or the Lottery’s mobile application should visit the Lottery Commission’s website at: http://www.michigan.gov/lottery

 

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