Michigan Online Lottery Draw Games

When conversation turns to the lottery, draw games like Powerball are typically the first that come to mind. However, these weren’t the first games available on Michigan’s online lottery site. Instead, Michigan launched its site in 2014 with just virtual scratch-offs and instant keno, adding traditional draw games in January of 2016.

Online draw games became immediately successful and have stayed that way, with high ticket sales for both games unique to Michigan as well as popular multi-state options. The internet is now a proven avenue of access for the same popular games that have fueled lottery dreams for generations of players.

In the sections below, find out more about the draw games offered online, as well as info pertaining to how Michigan residents 18 and over can get in on the action.

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How to register for online draw games

Signing up to access Michigan’s lottery via the internet is fast and easy as long as you meet a few very basic requirements. To use the online lottery you must be:

  • A resident of the state of Michigan, with a valid address.
  • Physically located within Michigan at time of play (registration can be done from anywhere).
  • At least 18 years old.

If all these requirements are met you can sign up at www.michiganlottery.com and answer a few basic questions to verify your identity. Moments later, you will be ready to start purchasing tickets.

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New perspective on familiar games

Online draw games could not be any more the quintessential lottery format. Michigan’s current online offerings all take this form of classic gameplay in which a selection of numbers is chosen (or automatically generated if that is your preference) that have to be matched to another set of independently drawn winning numbers.

Unlike the instant games which have undergone an online transformation to add new virtual features, draw games retain the same gameplay function they have always had at a brick-and-mortar retail establishment. They have simply become far more convenient.

Prizes can range from as little as $1 for getting the minimum matching numbers on a daily game to potentially over half a billion dollars for a rare multi-state jackpot.

Advantages of playing draw games online

Lottery players that transition to purchasing their tickets from Michigan’s online lottery site will find themselves enjoying the following quality-of-life advantages:

  • Amazing convenience: Players can access ticket purchases from any verifiable location in the state regardless of what they are doing at the time. This is incredibly useful during periods when the large multi-state games are nearing record jackpots, which traditionally bring huge crowds of people out to form long slow lines at local retailers. Even individuals who have simply procrastinated, or forgotten to make the stop on the way home, or have limited mobility, or are introverted and prefer to avoid a potential exhausting social interaction (you get the point): anyone and everyone can find some benefit of making their purchase at home while in pajamas.
  • Better access to game information: Before selecting your numbers the Michigan Lottery website offers immediate access to a wealth of data relevant to your game of choice. Statistical odds for winning, exact drawing times, current jackpot values, recent prizes won, and past winning numbers are all available from the game page.
  • Automatic notification: If any of your draw game tickets purchased online is a lucky winner, you will get an automatic message informing you of your prize immediately upon your next login to the Michigan Lottery system. There is no risk of forgetting your big win or losing the precious ticket.

If there is any downside it would be that without the inconvenient need to visit your local retailer you lose the motivation to multitask by coinciding your lottery ticket trip with the indulging of other vices like buying overpriced junk food. But even this is offset: fans of both draw games and instant games will find the occasional retail promotion that incentivizes combining your online play with some real-world ticket purchases.

Game selection

Michigan offers four of its traditional draw games online currently, as well as some non-instant keno drawings.

Michigan’s Fantasy 5

Fantasy 5 is the low-end draw game, which has the following features:

  • Ticket price $1
  • Drawings are every day.
  • 5 numbers are chosen (from 1-39)
  • Minimum prize is $1 (for matching 2 of the 5 numbers)
  • Jackpot prize for matching all 5 numbers starts at $100,000 and increases with each drawing until won.
  • For an additional $1 there is an EZmatch add-on option with an extra random prize from $2 to $500 if you one of your numbers matches one of five EZmatch numbers.
  • Overall odds of winning are 1 in 9 for the main draw, and 1 in 5 for EZmatch.

Michigan’s Lotto 47

Lotto 47 is a slight step up from Fantasy 5, with larger prizes but a more difficult number range and less frequent drawings.

  • Ticket price $1
  • Drawings are twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • 6 numbers are chosen (from 1-47)
  • Minimum prize is $5 (for matching 3 of the 6 numbers)
  • Jackpot prize for matching all 6 numbers starts at $1 million and increases with each drawing until won.
  • Like Fantasy 5, Lotto 47 also offers a $1 EZmatch add-on. The terms are the same: match one of your numbers to one of five EZmatch numbers for a random prize from $2 to $500.
  • Overall odds of winning are 1 in 47 for the main draw, and 1 in 5 for EZmatch.

Powerball

The undisputed king of draw games and the source of most lottery player’s dreams of avarice, the multi-state Powerball drawings offer the tiniest chance of insane riches.

  • Ticket price is $2
  • Drawings are twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • 6 numbers are chosen, five white ball numbers (from 1-69) and a number for the red Powerball (from 1-26).
  • Minimum prize is $4 (for matching the Powerball and no more than one white ball)
  • Jackpot prize for matching all 6 balls starts at $40 million and increases with each drawing until won (often causing massive crowds at retailers).
  • For an extra $1 players can add the Power Play option which increases the prize value of non-jackpot wins by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X. If the current jackpot is no more than $150 million the Power Play can possibly yield a 10X multiplier.
  • Game is available in multiple markets, so Michigan players are competing with 43 other states,  as well as Washington D.C., the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
  • Overall odds of winning are 1 in 25.

Mega Millions

The other big multi-state lottery, this popular draw game refuses to take a backseat to Powerball. Its features are:

  • Ticket price is $2
  • Drawings are twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • 6 numbers are chosen, five white ball numbers (from 1-70) and a number for the gold Mega Ball (from 1-25).
  • Minimum prize is $2 (for matching the Mega Ball only)
  • Jackpot prize for matching all 6 balls starts at $40 million and increases with each drawing until won (often causing massive crowds at retailers).
  • For an extra $1 players can add the Megaplier option which increases the prize value of non-jackpot wins by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X.
  • Game is available in multiple markets, so Michigan players are competing with 43 other states,  as well as Washington D.C.and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.

Biggest jackpots

While Michigan frequently sees Fantasy 5 jackpots pay out in hundreds of thousands of dollars and Lotto 47 in the millions, the major multi-state prizes are what captures the hearts and imaginations of players.

Michigan residents have been very fortunate at these games in the past. Dozens of Michanders have won $1 million or more on Powerball or Mega Millions, with a select few winning far meatier prizes. Standouts include:

  • A lucky winner purchased a $205 million ticket for Mega Millions in Port Huron in April of 2005.
  • $135 million was won on a Mega Millions ticket sold in Redford Township in April of 2008.
  • A $140 million Mega Millions jackpot and a $129 million Powerball jackpot were claimed in the same week in November of 2010.
  • In August of 2012 a man from Lapeer won a $337 million Powerball jackpot.
  • A woman from Three Rivers had a $310.5 million Powerball win in October of 2015.
  • Most recently a Mega Millions $533 million prize went to a former Michigan resident who just moved to New Jersey in the last year.

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