The Michigan Lottery celebrates its 50th anniversary and its contributions to the community over the past decades go far beyond jackpots.
There are all sorts of fun facts about the lottery that you might not know, and player relations manager Jake Harris joined ‘Live In The D’ co-host Tati Amare to share some of them. share some.
Harris said the lottery started with a game called “The Green Ticket” in 1972, and has grown to offer many other games like instant scratch games, mobile games, draw games and more.
More games mean more chances to win, more money for Michigan schools and more money for retailers, Harris said.
Since its inception, the Michigan Lottery has paid out $26 billion to Michigan schools, Harris said. This figure includes a record contribution of $1.4 billion last year, and over the past seven years, contributions have increased by 78%.
The next fact Harris gave us is that the Michigan Lottery has collected over $5.4 billion in commissions over the past 50 years. He said retailers can earn commissions by selling tickets, cashing in tickets and even accepting credit or debit cards for transactions.
Finally, Harris said, last year gamblers earned an average of $8.5 million a day playing lottery games.
To learn more about how the lottery supports our communities and to see all the games to play, click or tap here.
Watch the video above to learn more.