Someone who bought a $1 lottery ticket in Troy is now $79 million richer.
The decision comes after lawmakers didn’t allocate money to launch an “iLottery” in early 2014.
The Republican-crafted spending plan affects many corners of Michigan life — from how much it will cost to hunt and fish, to fixing deteriorating roads, to lengthening the school year.
Powerball is a game of numbers, and lottery officials say the majority of possible combinations have already been purchased ahead of Saturday night’s near-historic $600 million drawing.
The Michigan Lottery sees the Internet as its new frontier for business, where more tickets can be sold and games can be played to ultimately pump more money into public schools.
More than 3,500 lottery winners in Michigan received public assistance last year or lived with people on welfare, food stamps or other aid, a state agency reported earlier this week.
The Michigan Lottery plans to begin selling online subscriptions for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball starting this spring.
A woman who stole more than $23,000 in lottery tickets from a Michigan gas station where she worked has been sentenced to about 10 months in jail.
The powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is up to $100-million.
We now know who was holding that $1 million winning ticket from last week’s huge Powerball drawing.