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Classic Lotto 47 MichiganLottery

The origins of the Michigan State Lottery occurred on May 16th 1972 when citizens of the state voted in favour of the creation of an in-state lottery.

The primary aim of the new Michigan Lottery was to provide funding from its revenues to assist state education programs.

The MI Lottery as it is affectionately known is one of the most popular of the US lotteries with lottery tickets being sold through more than 10,000 licensed retailers across

the state as well as being sold online these days via authorized online lottery retailers.

The Michigan State Lottery is also one of the states that participates in the multi-state lottery - Mega Millions.

Michigan Lottery offers various games as part of its overall portfolio – both online lotteries and scratch-off games - including Fantasy 5, Daily 3, Daily 4, Keno, Club Keno, Raffle, MegaMillions and the state’s premier lotto game…..Classic Lotto 47, the game that we will be taking a closer look at here…

Classic Lotto 47 Overview

The Classic Lotto 47 was introduced into Michigan State Lottery portfolio of games on May 15th 2005 replacing the Winfall game and today it is the game that is most played lottery game in the state of Michigan.

The Classic Lotto 47 game is a traditional style of lottery – a six number game that uses a 6/44 matrix.

Classic lotto 47 is drawn every week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings with the draws taking place at 7.29pm local time.

Jackpots for the Classic Lotto 47 always start out at $1 million and increase each time the top prize is not won.

Classic Lotto 47 How it Works

The MI Lottery Classic Lotto 47 uses what’s called a 6/47 matrix which means that when playing the Classic Lotto 47, you need to select 6 numbers from a selection pool numbered from 1 to 47 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be an MI Lotto jackpot winner.

There are other cash prizes to be won as well, for matching either 5 of the numbers drawn, 4 numbers or even just 3.

A Easy Pick facility is available when playing the Michigan Lottery Classic Lotto 47 similar to the “Lucky Dip” option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euro-Millions – which means that you can save time and ask the computer terminal to select all your Michigan Lottery numbers for you if you wish.

So, playing the Classic Lotto 47 is easy…just select your own 6 numbers or let the computer randomly generate them for you.

Each entry on the Michigan Lottery Classic Lotto 47 game costs just $1.00.

Each time the jackpot is not won, it “rolls over” to the next draw. So…the jackpot will begin at a value of $1 million and each time there is no jackpot winner it will increase by a minimum of $100,000 per “rollover” and this aspect of the MI Lottery results in some very large jackpot amounts.

Classic Lotto 47 Random Number Generator

Unlike many USA lottery games and nearly all Michigan Lotto games that make their draws the traditional way using numbered balls, the Michigan Lottery Classic Lotto 47 draws its lottery numbers using a Random Number Generator (RNG).

Classic Lotto 47 Who Can Play?

As with most US lotteries, until recent years, only citizens living in the State of Michigan were allowed to play in any of the Michigan State Lottery games including the Classic Lotto 47 and tickets had to be purchased from an authorized Michigan-based lottery ticket retailer.

Now, however, with the welcome presence of online, authentic lottery ticket sales agencies like TheLotter selling lottery tickets, you are able to pick your Michigan Lottery numbers on the internet and purchase your tickets and it doesn’t matter where in the world you reside.

Very good news, of course, if you live outside of Michigan and the U.S.A. but want to play the MI Lottery Classic Lotto 47 and guarantee your entry into the next draw or just simply wish to enjoy the ease and simplicity of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the Classic Lotto 47, you are then easily able to check the Michigan Lottery results online to see how well you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky MI Lotto winners.

You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the Michigan State Lotto games including Classic Lotto 47.

Some great news here for all USA Lottery players in Michigan...

The Mega Millions consortium – who administer the MEGA MILLIONS game
– and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – who administer the POWERBALL game – have entered into an historic cross-sales agreement across the USA. All US Lotteries that previously sold MEGA MILLIONS tickets can now ALSO sell POWERBALL tickets.

This means that with effect from January 31st 2010 – in addition to the existing
MEGA MILLIONS – USA Lottery players in Michigan will now ALSO be able to buy lottery tickets for the POWERBALL. You can still buy lottery tickets online, of course, from anywhere around the world.

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MI Lottery Information and Background

The very first Michigan Lotto tickets – the 50 cent Green Game tickets went on sale in November 13th 1972 with the initial draw taking place on November 24th.

Hermus Millsaps from Taylor became the first $1 million prize winner in February 1973. The MI Lottery began its first traditional lotto style game - Lotto – using a matrix of 6/40 on August 13th 1984.

The winner of the first Lotto jackpot was Thomas LaPenna of Marquette who scooped a very healthy $2.9 million on September 1st 1984.

The traditional lotto style game Super Lotto commenced on April 13th 1986 with a matrix of 6/44. The first draw took place on April 19th.

On December 13th 1989 the lotto style game Winfall – Lotto 47 started and used a 6.47 matrix. This game was to be replaced by the current Classic Lotto 47 in 2005.

The Michigan Lottery introduced the cash lump sum option on July 13th 1997, giving jackpot lottery winners the choice of receiving their top prize as a cash lump sum instead of as an annuity.

On May 15th 2005 the Classic Lotto 47 was launched as the main traditional lotto-style game using a matrix of 6/47 with draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you wish to find any Michigan Lottery result, including the Classic Lotto 47, you can do so either by checking the local newspapers where the Michigan Lottery numbers are published, or listen out for them during radio and television newscasts.

Any MI Lottery result will also be available on the lottery’s official websites – michiganlottery.com and michigan.gov lottery – and of course, from the online retailer where you purchased your entry from.

Classic Lotto 47 Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the Lottery Michigan – Classic Lotto 47 are very reasonable when compared to many of the US lotteries, especially the Multi-State offerings such as Mega Millions or Powerball.

The chances of winning a Michigan Lotto jackpot are 1 in 10.73 million – for these odds you could be one of the Classic Lotto 47 jackpot winners.

For one of the prizes on the second level, the odds come in at 1 in 46.64 thousand.

The likelihood of winning a third tier prize comes in at 1 in 873 and for a prize on the fourth tier the odds are reduce right down to just 1 in 50.

The overall odds of you winning any prize in the Classic Lotto 47 are a very competitive 1 in just 47.

Michigan Lottery Record Jackpots

The largest jackpot in the history of the MichiganLottery was won on February 25th 1995 and stood at a massive $45.8 million and was shared by three lucky lottery winners.

Interestingly, the escalating jackpot which produced this jackpot prize led to two lottery sales records – 39,000 lottery tickets were sold in ONE MINUTE and 2.2 million tickets were sold in JUST ONE HOUR!

The biggest Classic Lotto 47 jackpot to date was produced on March 1st 2008 when US$ 23.5 Million was won.

The largest single jackpot in MichiganLottery history was a Mega Millions jackpot of $208 million won by a single player on April 22nd 2005.

Michigan Lottery How Prizes are Paid

As a jackpot winner of the Michigan State Lottery Classic Lotto 47, you would have a choice in how you wish to receive your jackpot winnings. You could choose to have either a single cash lump sum payment or instead, an annuity prize.

Should you win the lottery jackpot with Classic Lotto 47 and choose to receive your prize as an annuity instead of a lump sum, your winnings would be paid to you in 30 annual installment payments over a 30 year period.

If choosing to receive the Classic Lotto 47 cash lump sum option instead of the annuity payments for a jackpot win, you need to exercise this option within 60 days of making your claim for your win otherwise the method of payment will automatically default to the annual installment payments “annuity” option.

In terms of value, if you chose to take the cash lump sum payment as a Classic Lotto 47 jackpot winner, you would receive approximately 50% of the annuity value that you would have been paid in installments over the 30 year period.

If you use an agency such as TheLotter when you buy lottery tickets for the Classic Lotto, you will not have to be concerned with any of this as they will take care of all the details for you when you play lottery online.

Michigan Lottery Where the Money Goes

Citizens right across the state of Michigan benefit from the funding made available by the Michigan State Lottery.

Revenue is generated to supplement state education programs – as an example of the monies donated – in September 2008 $740.7 million was contributed to the state School Aid Fund. In excess of $14.5 billion has been


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