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When the 5-Cent Green Game had its first draw in November 1972, the Michigan Lottery was underway. Over the years, the lottery has expanded to include almost a dozen draw games, numerous scratch-off games, and a variety of online game options. Revenue for these games goes directly to the state's General Fund where it is divided into a variety of programs and initiatives for the state, including more than $23 billion for Michigan public schools.
As long as you're 18 years of age or older, you can play the following Michigan Lottery draw games:
Yes, you can buy your Michigan Lottery tickets online as long as you are 18 years of age or older and a resident of Michigan. While there are a handful of in-store only games, the Michigan Lottery offers more than 100 online-only options. You must register an account online via the Michigan Lottery and then deposit funds using a credit or debit card, bank transfer, online game card, or PayPal.
Once you create the account, you can find almost any game that suits your style of play, whether that includes the lowest prices, best odds, or highest win potential. You can also play several draw games online, including Fantasy 5, Lotto 47, Mega Millions, and Powerball, and sometimes the website offers promotions such as buy nine tickets, get one free.
Several in-store tickets also feature a barcode that you can scan to enter for prize drawings, and some second-chance tickets give you another chance on the website. As a bonus, every 24 hours you can spin a digital wheel for a random chance at a prize.
You can watch the televised drawing results on several channels, depending on their schedules: WBKB-TV 11, WDIV-TV 4, WNEM-TV 5, EWMT-TV, WLAJ-TV 53, WLUC-TV 6, WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8, WGN-TV, and WMKG-TV 40. All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST):
You have 12 months from the date of the drawing to collect your winnings.
You have several options when claiming your Michigan Lottery winnings. If you won $599 or less, you can claim your ticket at any local retailer, visit one of the Michigan Lottery Claim Centers, or send the signed ticket to the following:
ATTN: Claim Center
101. E. Hillsdale
P.O. Box 30023
Lansing, MI 48909
If you won between $600 and $50,000, you can visit a Michigan Lottery regional office, bank claim center, or participating secretary of state branch. At the branch, you must provide a valid photo ID and Social Security card so the payment can go directly to a valid bank account. You can also mail your payment to the Claim Center.
For prizes between $50,000 to $99,999.99, claim your ticket at the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing or a participating secretary of state branch. If you've won $100,000 or more, submit an online claim and visit the Michigan Lottery headquarters.
For online purchases, if you won $600 or less, the prize money is distributed back into your Michigan Lottery account. Prizes between $600 and $99,999.99 require you to submit an online claim, while prizes of over $100,000 state that you must submit an online claim and visit the Michigan Lottery headquarters.
Yes, prize money is considered taxable income. If you win more than $600, you will receive a W-2G form to complete with your yearly tax return. The Michigan Lottery also reports all lottery winnings of greater than $600 and up to and including $5,000 to the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
For prizes greater than $5,000, the Michigan Lottery withholds an estimated 24% in federal taxes and 4.25% in state taxes. These tax amounts apply to Michigan and non-Michigan U.S. residents. If you're a non-U.S. citizen and win between $600 and $5,000, you are subject to 30% in federal taxes and 4.25% in state taxes.
Yes, you can remain anonymous. Michigan is one of the few states that allow winners to claim their winnings anonymously.
Did all of your questions get answered about the Michigan Lottery? If not, please reach out to Lottery Current directly.
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