In a roundabout way, playing the lottery helps the state of Michigan and schools in the state.
In fiscal year 2010, the contribution to schools was $701.3 million.
Since its inception in 1972, the lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to Michigan education.
More than 94 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state school aid fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers.
The EZ Stop store in Marquette knows this firsthand.
The winning lottery ticket purchased at that store a few weeks ago has been claimed.
Lottery officials say an anonymous winner traveled to Lansing Monday to claim the Classic Lotto 47 prize from December 22nd.
It’s worth just over $6.5 million.