Oct. 21, 2013 – The Michigan Lottery held the first drawing for its new Poker Lotto game Saturday, paying out prize money this weekend to thousands of drawing winners and winners of Poker Lotto’s instant game.
The new $2 daily game is modeled after five-card poker, but players don’t need to learn how to keep a straight face at the table. Each ticket will print out with five “cards” randomly chosen from a regular deck of 52.
If the cards printed on a ticket make a poker hand – a pair of jacks or better – players will win an instant prize. The top prize on the instant-win Poker Lotto game is $5,000 for a Royal Flush.
The Michigan Lottery has a helpful list of poker hands on their website, along with the corresponding prizes players can win on the Poker Lotto instant game.
Just to be sure nobody misses out on an instant win, Michigan Lottery terminals will also flash a message and announce to players that they’ve won an instant prize.
The nightly drawing for Poker Lotto gives players – even those who won an instant prize the same day – a chance to win up to $100,000.
The drawing works much like any other numbers draw game. Players must match the cards on their ticket to five winning cards drawn each night. A poker “hand” matching all five winning cards drawn is worth $100,000.
Ticket sales for Michigan’s Poker Lotto end at 7:08 p.m., and each night’s drawing will be held at 7:29 p.m.
Much like the new Poker Lotto game introduced by the Hoosier Lottery in late August, Michigan’s Poker Lotto seems to be an instant success with players.
More than 10,000 players won a prize from the nightly drawings this weekend, and more than 30,000 players won instant prizes after purchasing their tickets.