Michigan Residents Shelling Out Big Cash For Lottery Tickets

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

When the lottery commission dreamed up the new Super Raffle game last month, it wasn't expected to take off like this.

"We're very surprised. It's beyond our wildest expectations," said Tom Weber, the lottery commission's deputy commissioner of marketing. "We knew we had a good thing going with this raffle."

So good that nearly all the 250,000 tickets are gone, even at 50 bucks a pop.

"I bought two," said one player.

"I split one with three people," added another.

So why are so many people willing to spend so much on just one chance at winning?

"These are the best raffle odds we've ever had," Weber said.

In fact they're the best odds in any lottery game Michigan has ever had. Each player has a one in 55 chance of winning something. There are more than 4500 prizes--some starting at $500, the $100,000 and even two $2 million jackpots.

"Everybody's got a little dream of, you know, hitting it rich quick," said Susan Miller who split a ticket with three others.

Optimism is growing right along with the odds and the ticket sales. Most prefer the raffle to scratch tickets or the mega millions.

"It isn't like somebody's got to win that one. The raffle is guaranteed that somebody's going to win it," Miller added.

At Art's Bar and Grill in Lansing the tickets are moving pretty quickly.

"We're sold quite a few," said employee Stephanie Mireles. "Some people don't like to spend the money so they'll split it with somebody because of the cost, the $50. But some people don't care."

The success of Super Raffle doesn't have the lottery commission thinking bigger and better quite yet.

"I think we'll probably go back to the $20 game," said Weber.

For the 250,000 who have already bought a ticket they'll have to keep them in a safe place. The drawing isn't until June 18th.

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