It’s becoming a common sight to see jackpot prizes of games like Powerball and MegaMillions into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The jackpots reach such heights it becomes hard to miss as new outlets seize upon the head-turning prizes to report on the long lines and the efforts by players for a chance at life-changing money.
The headline-grabbing prizes make it extremely tempting to be part of the action. What if your favorite numbers are drawn? Anybody can win the prize, so it might as well be you, right? Some of us want to play but we don’t really want to bother with the large lines. Even when the prize pools are a bit smaller, we may not want to go out of our way to purchase a ticket. But what if there was an easier way?
Fortunately, in Michigan there is.
Michigan is one of a handful of states that can purchase lottery draw tickets online. This includes popular national games such as Powerball and MegaMillions as well as local and regional games such as Fantasy 5 and Lotto47. Other games such as Michigan Club Keno, Daily3, Daily4, Lucky For Life, PokerLotto and Keno must be purchased through an MI Lottery retailer.
Steps to buy Powerball and MegaMillions tickets in MI
It’s actually quite easy to purchase lottery tickets online in Michigan if you meet one of two criteria: you are at least 18 years or older and you are located in Michigan at the time of purchase.
Assuming you meet these criteria, you can follow a couple simple steps to play.
- Register for an account, which you can do by going here.
- After registering your account, you can try out the instant games and look around. But if you want to purchase Powerball and MegaMillions online tickets, you will need to next fund your account. If you are signed in to your Michigan Lottery account, you then need to select “Make Deposit.” Players have the option of depositing through a credit/debit card, Paypal, an Online Game Gard, bank transfer and Neteller.
- Once your account has been funding you are ready to purchase Powerball, MegaMillions and other lottery draw tickets, as well as play the instant games of the Michigan Online Lottery).
Buying Powerball and MegaMillions tickets online
After you have deposited funds into your Michigan Lottery account you just need to find the games and begin playing. You may be able to purchase tickets directly from the homepage, but if not, you can also find them through the “Games” tab of the website.
Select “Online” and “Draw” games to easily find draw games that you can purchase over the internet. You should see a page that looks similar to this:
Clicking “Buy Now” for the game that you want to play will bring up various options, including selecting the number of tickets you want to buy. Alternatively, you can pick your own numbers. Picking your own numbers can be done manually, through a combination of manual and auto or through a relatively new feature called Combo My Numbers.
In this scenario, I have auto-filled my numbers and then edited some numbers to my own selections. Players can also select how many drawings they want to participate in as well as the number of tickets for each drawing. For players of the MI lottery, it’s simply the easiest and fastest way to purchase multiple tickets. A similar process is available for Mega Millions and other games.
Get started with purchasing MI Lottery tickets online today
Are you ready to begin purchasing Powerball and MegaMillions tickets online in Michigan? Register today to begin purchasing tickets in just a few minutes.