Since its official launch in late 2014, the Michigan online lottery has added new games by the bucketload. Among the site’s nearly 60 online titles are four Keno games, each of which offers a unique take on the tried-and-true lottery spin-off.
Players can try their luck at games like Instant Keno Multiplier and Fuzzball Keno from their desktop computer, smartphone device or tablet, with games running 24 hours a day, seven days per week. They’ll also have ready access to a bevy of instant win scratch-offs and draw games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
Below, discover the nuances of each Keno game available on the MI iLottery site, and find out how you can snag free online plays simply by registering a basic account.
Signing up to play real-money Keno
In order to secure a Michigan online lottery account and start playing Keno, players will have to meet a couple criteria:
- Must be at least 18 years old — which is also the legal age to purchase lottery tickets at retail outlets
- Must hold a valid Michigan residence
In addition, anyone hoping to play for real money has to be geolocated within Michigan’s state borders.
As for the registration process itself, getting started is as simple as entering an email address and password, followed by an optional promo code. We recommend using MIBETS, which allows new players to claim 10 free plays of the popular Queen Of Diamonds online game. Players that make use of this promo code are also entitled to a generous 50% match up to $100 on their first real-money deposit.
After completing the initial registration, players will have to enter some more personal info, such as their full name, address, and the last four digits of their social security number. The latter is necessary so that the MI iLotto can ensure players are who they say they are, offering an unparalleled level of protection only available in legal markets.
How does Keno work?
Keno is hardly a new game, with origins in the United States dating back to the late 19th century. Yet it has stood the test of time, with electronic versions of the game residing prominently alongside slot and video poker terminals at most land-based casinos.
However, Keno is neither a slot nor VP game. Instead it’s more akin to a draw lottery game, except that it can be played at any time, with near instantaneous results.
At the onset of the game, players either choose 10 numbers at random (Quick Pick) or select their own 10 numbers from a field of 80 (numbered 1 – 80).
Then a random number generator selects 20 numbers. Players that match at least three numbers (sometimes more, sometimes less) win a prize, with the prize amount determined by the number of matches. The more matches, the better the prize, sometimes up to 25,0000x the ticket cost for matching all 10 numbers.
And that’s it. Of course, all Michigan iLotto Keno games feature their own little quirks, adding nuance that elevates the excitement level and possibly even the size of player wins.
- Four Keno games available online
- Be treated to crisp graphics, fast gameplay, and unique concepts
- Win up to 125,000x the ticket cost
- Better odds than what’s found at retail lottery outlets
- Minimum prices start at just $0.10 per ticket
- Play for up to $20 per ticket
The Michigan lottery has boldly taken Keno into the 21st century with its palette of offerings. Choose from four completely distinct games, all with their own distinctive gameplay mechanics.
Players will also be able to fully customize their gaming experience, right down to the pace of play, ticket price, number of tickets and whether they prefer selecting their own numbers or trusting their fate to the computer.
Here’s a brief overview of the games players will find online.
Instant Keno Multiplier
Instant Keno Multiplier is Michigan’s featured keno game. And for players that embrace volatility it may be the best choice.
At its core, this is about as traditional a Keno game as it gets. Players ante up between $0.25 and $20, select 10 numbers (or have the computer choose 10 via Quick Pick) and hit “Go” to get the game started. The computer then selects 20 numbers at random, which are shot out of a digital cannon one-by-one.
But there’s one nuance that separates Instant Keno Multiplier from the pack: Upon starting the game, three random numbers that the player did not choose are turned into multiplier squares. Match two of these and all won prizes are multiplied by 3x. Match all three and the prize is elevated to 10x.
In order to offset this advantage, players will have to match four of their numbers to win a prize.
The top payout for this game is a whopping 25,000x.
After the round concludes players can either stick with the same numbers or try their luck with a new hand. A turbo option is available for those looking to swiften the pace of gameplay.
Finally, in a somewhat interesting twist players can customize the amount of numbers they wish to play. The game automatically defaults to ten numbers, but anywhere from 1 – 10 is allowed. Choosing a different amount of numbers causes the pay table to adjust. This subtlety applies to all Keno games found on the Michigan online lottery site.
Bullseye Keno is the lowest priced Keno game, with stakes ranging from $0.10 to $4 per ticket. It’s also the only game that allows players to play multiple tickets at once, up to 10 entries per round.
Before each games initiates, a multiplier will be chosen at random and all wins will be multiplied by that amount. The closer the virtual arrow lands to the bullseye the larger the multiplier, with 25x being the best players can hope for. Good news is both the 10x and 25x multiplier hit with some regularity, even if the lower multipliers of 1x, 2x, and 3x are far more common.
Make no mistake: like Instant Keno Multiplier, Bullseye Keno is also a very volatile game (with players needing to hit five out of 10 numbers to win a prize). But on the plus side the prizes do scale up in a hurry, with the game only paying 2x for players that match five numbers, but 50x for matching seven numbers, and 5,000x for matching all ten.
And this is before any multipliers are factored in. Very lucky players could win 125,000x the ticket price.
This more traditional Keno game is more recognizable for its cutesy and playful theme than it is for its gameplay innovations. Players can ante up anywhere between $0.10 to $20 for a ticket, and can either handpick their numbers or have them chosen at random.
Then it’s off to the races, with players needing to match just three numbers to win their money back. The prizes cap out at 10,000x and there is no multiplier, making this a somewhat less volatile game.
One interesting component of Fuzzball Keno is that it incorporates a “losers” prize, whereby players that don’t match any of their numbers are awarded a consolation prize of 2x their ticket price.
Instant Keno and Fuzzball Keno play nearly identically, with the only real structural difference being the pay table.
As is the case with Fuzzball Keno, players that match three numbers get their money back. However, Instant Keno pays out more to players who only match four or five numbers, while Fuzzball Keno pays out a bit more to lucky players who match six or seven numbers.
Otherwise this is the same game in a different dressing, with Instant Keno opting for a more techy, minimalist feel. Ticket costs range from $0.10 to $20 and there are three speed options.