Michigan is one of only a handful of states offering legal online lottery games. Learn more about Michigan’s legal online lottery, the games you can play, how to use a Michigan online lottery promo code, and answers to commonly asked questions about playing the lottery online.

What games can I play?

There are three types of lottery games available online in Michigan. These include:

  • Draw Games
  • Instants Online
  • Keno
  • Draw Games

Draw Games

The Michigan Lottery started online sales of its most popular draw games in January 2016. The games include:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Fantasy 5
  • Lotto 47

Powerball remains on of the most popular lottery games in Michigan online or off. In fact, the multi-state draw game is offered in 44 states, Washington D.C., US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Jackpots start at $40 million. Plus, tickets are just $2.00 each. Drawings are on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Plus, tickets are available online until one hour and 15 minutes before each draw. Powerball is known for its huge jackpots. In fact, the largest ever recorded was $1.6 billion.

Instants Online

Many of the Michigan Lottery instants online are electronic versions of scratch-off games that are available at Michigan lottery retailers. Online, the games feature a graphic interface rather than the physical ticket. However, the game is the same. The object is often to match prize amounts or specific symbols leading to a prize. In fact, many of the graphic interfaces appear similar to traditional slot machines.

Some of the most popular instants online include:

  • Home Run Riches Online
  • Queen Of Diamonds
  • Instant Football Payout
  • Triple 7’s
  • Cashword
  • Pot O’ Gold

Keno

Keno is a lottery-style game and it is offered at most casinos. Players choose a ticket cost and up to 10 different numbers from 1 to 80. The prize table and payouts adjust based on total numbers chosen and ticket cost. A random number generator selects a total of 20 numbers and players win based on how many of the numbers they chose are drawn.

The Michigan online lottery offers four keno-style games, each of which offers a variation on basic keno game with different payouts and ways to win. The games include:

  • Instant keno
  • Instant keno multiplier
  • Quick 6
  • Fuzzball Keno

Michigan lottery promo code

When you sign up for an account with the Michigan online lottery you can can take advantage of certain special promotional offers.

The standard first deposit bonus is automatically credited when you make your first purchase on the site. It is a 50 percent bonus credit up to $100. In fact, make a $200 deposit into your account and you will be credited the maximum $100. Make a $10 purchase you’ll get $5, and so on.

Other available Michigan online lottery bonuses require you to use a promo code.

There are promo codes available on the back of a number of scratch-off tickets available at Michigan Lottery retailers. These games include:

  • Gold Rush Series ($2, $5, $10)
  • $4,000,000 Mega Bucks ($30)
  • Lucky 7’s Series ($2, $5, $10)
  • 2016 Holiday Instant Games ($2, $5, $10)
  • Hit Series ($2, $5, $10)

Purchase one of these instant game tickets, sign up for a new account with the promo code found on the back of the ticket and you will get 10 free online games. Plus, you will also ge a $10 instant game coupon after you make your first $10 deposit or buy $10 in draw game tickets.

Using this promo code or any other is easy. In fact, you simply click the “+ Have a promo code?” link above the submit button on sign up. Enter the Michigan Lottery promo code and the promotional offer will be available once sign up is confirmed.

Signing up for the Michigan online lottery

Sign up on the Michigan online lottery website is a safe and secure process. Plus, sign up can be done using any kind of computer, tablet or smartphone. In fact, games can be played with the same devices.

Players must be Michigan residents and 18 years of age or older. The Michigan online lottery verifies this information on sign up. Plus, sign-up requires the release of some personal information including the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Making a deposit online

Once your identification is verified and sign up successful you can deposit funds securely using one of four methods:

  • Major credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • Direct bank transfer (Automated Clearing House)
  • Online Game Card

The Online Game Card is available at all Michigan lottery retailers and allows to make online deposits without using a credit and debit card or bank transfer.

The deposit process is simple. In fact, you just sign into your account on the Michigan Lottery website and click the “Deposit” tab. Next, “Choose Payment Method” and enter your card or transfer information. Within minutes you should be ready to play games online.

Winning and making a withdrawal

Once you’ve signed up for an account and started playing online lottery games you might want to know how to collect your winnings.

Any win up to $600 is automatically deposited into your Michigan online lottery account. If you win more than $600 but less than $50,000, you will need to submit an online claim. Go through the “My Account” tab on the Michigan online lottery website and follow the instructions to submit the claim. Your Social Security Card and government-issued photo ID will be required.

If you win more than $50,000, you will need to submit an online claim and visit Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Winners will receive an email from the Michigan Lottery providing instructions as to how to collect.

Once you’ve gone through these processes and the funds are in your Michigan online lottery account, you can withdraw them at any time. However, the minimum withdrawal is $10.

Michigan online lottery and the law

In December 2011 the United States Department of Justice released a legal opinion on the Wire Act concluding that anything outside of sporting events falls outside the act’s reach. In fact,this effectively gave state’s notice that sales of lottery tickets on the Internet were legal.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder then asked lawmakers to set aside money in the budget to set up online lottery sales in 2013. Snyder’s funding request was rejected, but Michigan Lottery officials went ahead using existing money in its own budget. Ultimately, the Michigan Lottery soft launched online lottery sales on August 11, 2014 and the full online lottery sales program went live in November 2014.

Michigan online lottery oversight

The Michigan Bureau of State Lottery governs lottery games in the state. In fact, the bureau has been around since the lottery began in 1972.

Three-term Michigan House Representative Aric Nesbitt was appointed Commissioner in February 2017, taking over for M. Scott Bowen, who had held the position since 2008.

Are the games fair?

The Michigan Bureau of State Lottery provides oversight for all lottery games. Plus, Lottery Commissioner Aric Nesbitt is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Lottery. That includes assuring the accountability and integrity of the Lottery.

How can I protect my account?

All Michigan online lottery accounts are password protected. In fact, users should protect the password the same way they do with all their online accounts.

However, the Michigan Lottery also has a number of safeguards in place for the protection of players and their information.

Benefits of the online lottery for Michigan

According to the Michigan Lottery, more than 97 Cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery tickets goes back into the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to Michigan Lottery retailers. In fact, this is true for online sales as well.

In 2015, the contribution to schools from the Michigan Lottery totaled $795.5 Million. Plus, since 1972 when Michigan began lottery ticket sales, the Michigan Lottery has contributed more than $19.6 Billion to education in the state.

Do online lottery sales take away from regular lottery sales?

No. In fact, lottery consultant Digital Gaming Group conducted a report proving online sales have not cannibalized brick and mortar lottery operations in Michigan. The report claims Michigan online lottery sales hit $8 million in weekly sales in March 2016. In the meantime, brick and mortar retail lottery operations have set all-time records.

The study concluded retail channels had not been negatively affected by the launch of online sales. Plus, brick and mortar retail sales were on pace to set all-time record highs again.