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WHAT IS MICHIGAN LOTTO 47?

Michigan Lotto 47 is a fixed-odds 6/47 draw game that is available to South Africans through online betting services. It’s one of a few draw games and scratch-off games offered by the Michigan Lottery Commission.
The Michigan lottery goes by a few names. The more popular name is Lotto 47 but you’ll see it referred to as Classic Lotto 47 and Michigan Lotto 47.

The Michigan Lottery Commission was established under the authority of Public Act 239 of 1972 to generate funds to support Michigan’s public school system. Billions of US dollars have been donated to the State Aid Fund from revenue generated from online draw games and scratch-off games.

Classic Lotto 47 is one of the state lottery draw games that is unique to the state of Michigan. It was introduced in May 2005 and replaced the Winfall game.

To play Lotto 47, players pick 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 47 numbers. The starting jackpot (minimum advertised) is US$ 1 million and draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 17h29 Michigan time.

Who owns Michigan Lotto 47

Michigan Lotto 47 is operated by the Michigan Lottery Commission. Michigan is one of 45 states in the United States that run lotteries. The Michigan Lottery Commission was established under the authority of Public Act 239 of 1972 to generate funds for the state’s public education system.

Lotteries in the United States are subject to the laws of and operated independently by each state jurisdiction. There is no national lottery organisation in the United States. Instead, state lotteries offer a selection of draw games and scratch-off games to generate revenue from ticket sales to fund the jackpot and cash prizes as well as donate to charitable causes identified in that jurisdiction.

The two biggest lottery games in the United States are offered in all the participating jurisdictions that offer lotteries. This is the US Powerball and MegaMillions game. In the fiscal year of 2018, more than US$ 77.7 billion was generated from lottery ticket sales in the United States alone. This was up by about US$ 5 billion from the previous year.

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. It takes its name from the Ojibwe word ‘mishigamaa’ which means ‘large water’ or ‘large lake’. Michigan is renowned for its vast expanse of lakes that cover a large portion of the surface area of Michigan.

Michigan is the 10th-most populated state in the 50 states of the United States. The capital of Michigan is Lansing and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is home to the biggest car manufacturing industry in the world.

What other lottery games are available in Michigan?

Michigan Lottery Commission offers players a number of draw games and scratch-off games with multiple chances of winning cash prizes. These include:

terminal based games with weekly drawings: Lotto 47, US MegaMillions and US Powerball

scratch-off games where players scratch off laminated tabs on a ticket to reveal a cash prize

pull-tab games which are similar to scratch-off games; the difference is players pull perforated tabs instead of scratching off a ticket

Lottery ticket sales in Michigan are available to players through more than 10 000 licensed Michigan lottery retailers. They are all available in a digital form that can be accessed via the official website of the Michigan Lottery as well as through licensed betting platforms such as Betway.

What is the School Aid Fund

A major portion of revenue generated from Michigan Lottery ticket sales that is donated to charitable causes goes to the School Aid Fund. The fund was established in 1955 and plays a vital role in funding K-12 public education.

Since it was established in 1972, Michigan Lottery has contributed all agency profits to the State of Michigan School Aid Fund. In fiscal year 2019, about 27 cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery game tickets directly benefited Michigan schools.

Fiscal year 2019 was a record-breaking year for Michigan Lottery and the School Aid Fund. Combined revenue from tickets sales contributed over US$1 billion to the School Aid Fund.

In addition to the Michigan Lottery, contributions to the School Aid Fund are made by sales and income tax, state education property tax, federal funds as well as cigarette, liquor and other taxes.

HOW TO PLAY MICHIGAN LOTTO 47 IN SOUTH AFRICA

It is possible to bet on Michigan Lotto 47 in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can now buy tickets online for Michigan Lotto 47 in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.

Michigan Lotto 47 is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in participating states in America. You cannot buy a ticket for Michigan Lotto 47 from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online and/or using the Michigan Lotto 47 mobile app.

The easiest way to access Michigan Lotto 47 in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.

Step-by-step guide to betting on Michigan Lotto 47 in South Africa

Register and open an account with licensed online betting service in South Africa

Select Michigan Lotto 47 from the list of lotteries available to play online

Pick your numbers manually or select the Quick Pick option for as many boards you want to play

Choose whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws

Select add-on features to increase your cash winnings

Confirm and pay for your online bet

HOW TO PLAY MICHIGAN LOTTO 47
Michigan Lotto 47 is a 6/47 fixed-odds betting game with a starting jackpot of US$ 1 million. Draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and the game offers players multiple chances to win cash prizes with add-on betting features. To win Lotto 47, a player must match 6 of the 6 drawn numbers from a pool of 1 to 47.

How to play Michigan Lotto 47 online in South Africa

Register an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway to play Michigan Lotto 47 from South Africa. Open the game and choose the relevant numbers and features to create your winning lottery ticket.
Easy pick
This is the same as Quick Pick where lottery numbers are randomly generated for a player by the terminal machine.

US$ 5 for 5 tickets

US$ 10 for 10 tickets

US$ 15 for 15 tickets

Pick My Numbers

This feature allows you to manually select your own lucky numbers. Choose 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 10 numbers.

Combo My Numbers

This feature generates tickets for every combinations of the numbers you pick. Select 7 to 10 numbers from a pool of 1 to 47 numbers to create lucky lotter combinations.

Use Favourite Purchase

This feature allows players to add to their shopping cart a previously-saved set of tickets. This saves the hassle of manually picking your own numbers, particularly if you want to play the same set of numbers you’ve carefully chosen for previous draws.

Multiple Draws

This feature allows players to participate in consecutive draws. Players can participate in up to 60 consecutive games with the same set of numbers. The more you are in the game to win it, the greater your chances of winning the bonanza payout.

Subscribe

Your ticket and its instructions are saved to the Shopping Cart. To have your tickets automatically bought each week, select the Subscribe feature and tick the box for YES. Save as Favourite Purchase to add your tickets to the system.

Checkout

Select Checkout once you have confirmed your ticket instructions are correct and you are ready to pay for it. To add more tickets to your Shopping Cart, you have the option to choose Continue Shopping to return to the Games Lobby. When you are ready to pay for your ticket(s), follow the instructions to confirm, pay and checkout.

Upcoming Purchase Draws

Your ticket(s) will automatically be saved on the terminal system. You can look for your purchased ticket using the Upcoming Purchased Draws feature in My Account. This allows you to check your numbers and the time of the draws you have chosen to participate in.

Past Draws

Players are automatically notified with winning alerts if they have won the jackpot or any cash prize in a draw. The notification comes through as soon as you Login to your Michigan Lotto 47 account. Check the draw results using the Past Draws feature in My Account.

How to play Lotto 47 at a lottery store in Michigan

Follow these easy steps to purchase a winning ticket at a licensed lottery retail outlet in Michigan.
Pick up a betslip from your local licensed lottery retail outlet.

Manually choose 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 47 numbers. You can use the Easy Pick feature and let the terminal system randomly generate 6 numbers for you.

Double Play

Double Play is a Lotto 47 feature that allows players to use their lucky numbers in a second draw that follow immediately after the main Lotto 47 draw. It offers players a chance to win extra cash prizes of up to US$ 1.5 million.

The cost of Double Play is US$ 1 per panel per play.

EZMatch

EZMatch is a Lotto 47 feature that offers players the chance to win instant cash up to US$ 500 per play.

If any of your main numbers match the EZMatch numbers in a draw, you win a cash prize that is the amount shown next to the EZMatch number drawn.

It costs an extra US$ 1 per ticket to play EZMatch with Lotto 47.

Multiple Draws

Use the Multiple Draw feature to participate in consecutive draws with the same numbers. Players can participate in up to 60 consecutive games.

Pay and receive your ticket

Hand your betslip to the cashier if you have manually picked your numbers and selected the add-on features. Otherwise, the cashier will allow you to confirm your ticket details and will print your ticket when you’ve paid for it.

Remember to sign the back of your lottery ticket and write down your name and mobile number. You cannot claim a cash prize for Lotto 47 without the ticket.

Replay

If you bought a ticket for a previous draw and want to play it again with the same numbers and add-on features, ask the cashier to select the Replay option.

Replay reprints all the selections from your existing Lotto 47 ticket. Tickets must be replayed within 31 days of the purchase of the original ticket.

Replay tickets with multiple draws start with the next draw that takes place.

Check your betslip

Always check your betslip before paying for your Lotto 47 ticket. Players aren’t allowed to cancel or change tickets once they have been issued.

What is Easy Pick?

Easy Pick is the same as Quick Pick. When you mark the Easy Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.

The Easy Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.

Players generally opt to use Easy Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.

How to win the Michigan Lotto 47 jackpot

Michigan Lotto 47 is a 6/47 game. To win the Lotto 47 jackpot, a player match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers from a pool of 1 to 47.

There are different prize divisions for Michigan Lotto 47 and the odds of winning the top prize is 1 in about 26 million. one in about 10 million.

How much does it cost to buy a ticket for Michigan Lotto 47?

The cost of a Michigan Lotto 47 ticket is US$ 1 per play.

Add-on features such as EZMatch and Double Play cost an extra US$ 1 per play.

How old must you be to play Michigan Lotto 47?

In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to purchase and redeem Michigan Lotto 47 tickets online through a licensed betting service such as Betway.

In the United States, players must be 18 years and older to bet on Michigan Lotto 47.

When does the Michigan Lotto 47 draw take place?

The Michigan Lotto 47 draw takes place twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday at 19h29 Michigan local time (GMT-4).

Instore and online tickets are available to purchase until 19h08 on the night of each draw.

Ticket sales resume for the next draw at 19h10 daily for instore purchases and 19h08 for online purchases. If your lucky numbers are bought after the cut-off time, the ticket is submitted for the next draw.

How much is the Michigan Lotto 47 jackpot?

The Michigan Lotto 47 Jackpot starts at US$ 1 million and rolls over to the next drawing if there is no lucky winner or winners to share the bonanza payout.

The jackpot is not capped which means it keeps growing until someone wins it.

The jackpot is shared if there is more than one player that matches all 6 drawn numbers. To win the jackpot, players must match all 6 numbers drawn from a pool of 1 to 47. There is no bonus ball offered for Lotto 47.

How many prize divisions does Michigan Lotto 47 offer?

Lotto 47 has 4 prize divisions. The three additional prize tiers offer players the chance to win a cash prize and there are also the Double Play and EZMatch add-on features that offer extra ways to win.

The odds of winning any cash prize is 1 in 47 per US$ 1 play.

Numbers matchedCash Prizes
Jackpot
Odds of winning
Match 6 out of 6 drawn numbers
(starts at US$ 1 million)
1 in 10 737 573
Match 5 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$2 500
1 in 43 659
Match 4 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 100
1 in 873
Match 3 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 5
1 in 50

Lotto 47 with Double Play

Play Lotto 47 with Double Play for a chance to win double the amount of money every Wednesday and Saturday.

For an extra US$ 1 per play, your 6 numbers are entered into a second draw that takes place right after the main draw.

Players can win prizes for matching 3, 4, 5 or 6 drawn numbers in the Double Play draw.

The jackpot for Lotto 47 with Double Play is US$ 1.5 million. The other cash prizes double by the value of the drawn number.

It is possible for the same number to appear in both Lotto 47 and the Double Play draw. The odds of this happening are the same for both games.

Double Play Prize DivisionDouble Play Cash Prize
Match 6 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 1.5 million
Match 5 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 5 000
Match 4 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 200
Match 3 out of 6 drawn numbers
US$ 10

Lotto 47 with EZMatch

EZMatch is a fantastic Lotto 47 add-on feature that offers players a chance to win instant cash for an extra US$ 1 per play.

Select the EZMatch box and the lottery terminal will generate a set of random numbers. These are printed on the lower portion of your Lotto 47 ticket.

If one or more of the numbers drawn in the EZMatch draw match one or more of the numbers you picked for the main Lotto 47 draw, you win instant cash to the value that corresponds with the drawn number.

How to claim a Michigan Lotto 47 cash prize

Claiming Michigan Lotto 47 prizes if you’ve bet on the game in South Africa is easy. The licensed betting service does it for you by guaranteeing the payout.

Players in the United States must present a signed and valid ticket to claim their Michigan Lotto 47 cash prize, including the big jackpot payout.

You need to claim your prize within 60 days of the Lotto 47 draw.

Remember to sign the back of your winning ticket. This stops someone from stealing your winning ticket and claiming your prize. As an added safety precaution, write your name and contact details on the back of the ticket.

Claiming a prize if you have bet on Michigan Lotto 47 with a licensed online betting service such as Betway is so much easier. Your cash prize is automatically transferred to your bank account.

When you fill out your Michigan Lotto 47 betslip, you must choose how you want to receive the jackpot if you win it. You have the choice of a discounted lump sum or a graduated 20-year annuity payment. This means you are paid out a sum of money over a period of 20 years until the total value of the advertised jackpot is fully paid up.

If you do not select the payment option, you are automatically paid out in annuity payments.

Lotto 47 cash prizes up to US$ 600

May be claimed at any authorised Michigan Lottery retail outlet.

Lotto 47 cash prizes between US$ 600 and US$ 49 999

Must be claimed from an official Michigan Lottery office in the area where a player lives.

Lotto 47 cash prizes greater than US$ 50 000

Must be claimed at Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing, Michigan.

Claiming cash prizes via mail

In some cases, Michigan Lottery prizes can be claimed by mail. To claim a prize by mail, a players need to fill in and mail a payment request form to their regional Michigan Lottery office.

The payment request form must include your name and postal address. Included in the mail, players must send the valid and signed lottery ticket as well as a copy of their Social Security card and photo identification. This may be a driver’s license.

How to claim the Lotto 47 jackpot

Players who are lucky enough to win the Michigan Lotto 47 jackpot have the option of 30 annuity payments or a discounted cash lump sum.

Lotto 47 jackpot winners have 60 days from the date of the draw to claim their payout if they opt for a lump sum in cash.

If two or more players match all 6 winning numbers and win the Lotto 47 jackpot, the big payout is shared equally among the winners.

If more than two players win the Double Play top prize, the prize is shared equally among the winners.

What happens to an annuity lottery payment if you die?

If you die before you receive the full value of your Lotto 47 jackpot payout in the 30-year annuity payments, the remaining money is paid out immediately to your estate.

The lottery organisation either pays out the remaining proceeds as accelerated payouts or as a discounted lump sum. This depends on the terms and conditions specified by the state where the deceased person bought his or her winning lottery ticket.

Are Michigan Lotto 47 winnings taxed in South Africa?

Lottery prize winnings are not taxed in South Africa. Any money you win by betting on a lottery is considered capital in nature and is exempt from Income Tax. In addition, lottery prizes benefit from a special exemption from Capital Gains Tax which means no tax is payable on lottery winnings of any size.

The Lotto 47 jackpot is taxed in the state of Michigan when taken as a lump sum payment. Winners pay 25 percent in federal tax and 4.25 percent in state tax.

HISTORY OF MICHIGAN LOTTO 47

Michigan Lotto 47 began in 1972 as the Green Ticket game. The first time the jackpot was won was three months after the game launched and the lucky winner took home US$ 1 million. The gentleman and his wife had just enough money to pay for their bus fare to the Michigan Lottery Commissioner who organised a car to drive them home.

The Daily 3 game was introduced in 1977 at the same time the lottery started using lottery terminals for the weekly draws. It was the first online game available to players in the state of Michigan and later became available to a world-wide audience.

Michigan Lotto was introduced in August 1984 and The Big Game (which is now MegaMillions) was launched in 1996. Since its conception, the Michigan Lottery Commission has donated more than US$ 20.7 billion to the School Aid Fund.

The Michigan lottery was established under the authority of Public Act 239 of 1972 with the express purpose to generate funds to support the public education system in Michigan. The School Aid Fund is a restricted fund that can only be used for public education projects in the state of Michigan.

At least 6% of revenue generated from Michigan Lotto 47 are transferred to the School Aid Fund. The balance (approx 94%) of money used to support the School Aid Fund in Michigan is derived from state sales tax, income tax, state education tax and revenue generated from the sale of cigarettes and liquor.

COMPARISON TABLE

Michigan Lotto 47 offers different draw games and scratch-off games and multiple ways to win big cash prizes. US Powerball and MegaMillions are also available to players in Michigan.

Let’s look at the popular draw games and what odds they offer players.

Game

Odds of winningPrize winning estimate
Michigan Lotto 47
1 in 10 737 573
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 1 million)
Uncapped jackpot
US Powerball

1 in 292 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot
Mega Millions
1 in 302.5 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot
TIPS ON HOW TO PLAY & WIN MICHIGAN LOTTO 47

Michigan Lotto 47 is a game of chance and there is no accurate way to predict the numbers that will be drawn each day. However, you can increase your chance of winning a lottery payout by being in the game more often.

You can do this in 4 ways:

Participate in multiple draws so you’re always in the game.

Start a lottery pool in the office or with family and friends so you can pool your money. This allows you to purchase more tickets more often and increases your chance of winning great cash prizes betting on the USA Powerball.

Join a lottery syndicate where tickets are bought in bulk. A syndicate has increased buying power and players participate in more draws more often when in a syndicate. It’s estimated that one in every 4 lottery jackpots is won in the UK by a lottery syndicate.

Remember to check your daily ticket. It’s amazing how many lottery winnings are not claimed by players. Always write your name and number on the back of your ticket in case you lose it.

WHY MICHIGAN LOTTO 47 IS POPULAR

Lotto 47 is popular in Michigan because it’s easy to play and offers multiple chances to win cash prizes. The odds of winning the Lotto 47 are a reasonable 1 in about 10 million, which is significantly better than the odds of winning the US Powerball and Mega Millions.

What’s important to remember about Lotto 47 is the role it plays in supporting public education in the state of Michigan. Every time a player buys a Lotto 47 ticket, a portion of the cost of the ticket is donated to charitable causes registered with the Michigan Lottery Organisation.

Michigan Lottery offers a range of draw games and scratch-off games and has contributed over billions of US Dollars to the School Aid Fund and local businesses.

More than 60% of revenue generated from ticket sales is paid back as prizes. In the past 10 years, players have won over US$ 17 billion.

Michigan Lottery also plays an important role in supporting local businesses. Approximately 11 000 licensed lottery retail outlets based in Michigan earn commission from the sale of Michigan Lottery tickets for the various games.

Lottery revenue provides local businesses with a year-round stream of income. In the past 10 years, more than US$ 2 billion has been paid out to small and large businesses who benefit from the lottery scheme in Michigan.

Michigan Lottery is mandated to ‘give back’ and willing does so. The focus of the organisation is on uplifting the state of public education in Michigan. To date, more than US$ 23 billion has been donated by Michigan Lottery to the School Aid Fund.

MICHIGAN LOTTO 47 MYTHS

There are many myths that circulate online that create the impression that players can elude the odds and win big cash prizes betting on lotteries such as the Michigan Lotto 47. Don’t be fooled by these myths and use common sense when betting on any lottery.

Here are 10 common lottery myths:

Myth 1: You stand a better chance of winning the lottery if you use Quick Pick

The lottery system draws numbers using a random algorithm and numbers picked manually or using Quick Pick have an equal chance of being drawn. There is no proof that Quick Pick creates more winners. Quick Pick is convenient and saves you from having to come up with your own numbers all the time.

Myth 2: Every number combination has the same probability

The thinking is that when you combine numbers, the probability changes and the probability of your number combination depends on its structure. Some combinations will appear more often than others and some combinations are not likely to appear.

Myth 3: You can pick winning numbers by studying past lottery results

The lottery does not work on individual numbers. You have to pick 5 or 6 correct numbers to win a cash prize. The thinking is if you look at combination patterns rather than individual numbers and you use mathematics with binomial coefficients and a detailed probability analysis, it is possible to determine winning number combinations.

Myth 4: You cannot predict winning numbers on a lottery game

The thinking is that you can tell how a pattern performs in a given number of draws by multiplying probability by the number of draws to get the estimation.

Myth 5: Picking hot numbers gives you a better chance of winning

This is where players pick the most common numbers that have occurred in the past 100 draws. According to the probability theory, every number has an equal chance of being drawn but if a single number appears at a higher frequency, then the other numbers will occur more or less in the same frequency over a large number of trials.

Myth 6: The best time to play the lottery is when the jackpot is big

Actually, this is the ‘worst time’ to play the lottery because big jackpots attract substantially more lottery players. There’s a good chance that if you win a big payout on a lottery with a big jackpot, you will have to share it with other lucky winning players.

Myth 7: Number 13 is an unlucky number

This is an ‘old-wives’ tale because there are no unlucky or unlucky numbers. All numbers have the same theoretical probability of being drawn.

Myth 8: Prime numbers are drawn more often

Again, the argument is to look at number combinations rather than individual numbers. What is known is that playing all-odd numbers or all-even numbers reduces your chance of winning a lottery payout because numbers like this in a combination rarely occur.

Myth 9: It’s not a good idea to use dates for special occasions

Lottery experts tell you not to use numbers that are dates for birthdays, anniversaries or your children’s ages because they are poor numbers. It’s not because they’re poor numbers but because they’re likely to be used by many other people. This means that a jackpot payout will be shared with many players.

Myth 10: Select numbers using a visual pattern

The only reason you would pick numbers on a board using a pattern such as a zig-zag or up-down-sideways pattern is if you’ve run out of inspiration to manually pick your own numbers. In this case, use the QuickPick option and the machine will randomly generate numbers for you.

MICHIGAN LOTTO 47 : NUMBER GENERATOR
ODDS OF WINNING MICHIGAN LOTTO 47

The odds of winning the Michigan Lotto 47 jackpot is 1 in about 10 million per US$ 1 play.

However, there are 3 other prize divisions and more ways to win cash prizes betting on Michigan Lotto 47.

Numbers matchedCash Prizes
Odds of winning per CA$ 5 play
Match 6 out of 6 numbers
Jackpot
1 in 10 737 573
Match 5 out of 6 numbers
US$2 500
1 in 43 649
Match 4 out of 6 numbers
US$ 100
1 in 873
Match 3 out of 6 numbers
US$ 5
1 in 50
ODDS OF WINNING WITH EZMATCH

Prize amount

Odds of winning with EZMatch
US$ 500
1 in 84 000
US$ 250
1 in 42 000
US$ 100
1 in 12 000
US$ 50
1 in 4 200
US$ 20
1 in 1 680
US$ 15
1 in 1 050
US$ 10
1 in 132
US$ 5
1 in 280
US$ 4
1 in 77
US$ 3
1 in 14
US$ 2
1 in 10

LOTTERY SCAMS

Michigan Lotto 47 is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by legitimate lottery organisations in 13 participating states in the United States. The multi-state lottery is operated by MUSL which is regulated by federal state laws. This means you can play Michigan Lotto 47 with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.

On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.

Operators of state lotteries such as Michigan Lotto 47 will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.

How lottery scams work

Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.

You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.

The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.

People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.

Warning signs of a lottery scam

You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.

The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.

To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.

You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.

What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer

Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.

Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.

Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.

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Conclusion

Lotto 47 is one of many popular draw games and scratch-off games offered by the Michigan Lottery Organisation. It’s unique to the state although it can be played anywhere around the world betting through a reputable online betting service such as Betway.

Michigan Lotto 47 is a 6/47 lottery game that’s similar in format major lotteries such as US Powerball and MegaMillions. The difference is Lotto 47 doesn’t offer players a chance to win cash prizes with an extra bonus ball. To win Lotto 47, players must match 6 out of the 6 drawn numbers.

Add-on options such as Double Play and EZMatch offer players the chance to double their money and earn instant cash prizes. Lotto 47 has 4 prize divisions and the odds of winning any cash prize is about 1 in 50.

More importantly, Michigan Lottery contributes billions of US Dollars to the School Aid Fund and provides a year-round stream of revenue for local businesses who are licensed Michigan Lottery retail outlets.

Every time you buy a ticket for US$ 1, you are doing your part to support the public education system in the state of Michigan and other charitable causes registered with the state lottery organisation.

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