Wedding Guest Says “I Do” To $100K Online Lotto Ticket

Written By Steve Ruddock on August 14, 2017
bride and groom holding hands

[toc]We’ve all been there, patiently waiting at the reception venue while the wedding party is god knows where with the photographer. This can take a while, since the wedding pictures always have to be at some park or church 20 minutes away and at a particular time of day for lighting. Plus, the photographer always has one more great idea for a picture that takes an extra 10 minutes to stage.

Thanks to smartphones, it’s a bit easier to fill the time than it used to be.

For one Michigan man, whose wife was in the bridal party, pulling out his phone during the downtime between the ceremony and the reception was a life-changing decision.

“I was at a wedding with my wife on Saturday, and since she was in the wedding, I was sitting alone before dinner,” Mike Hanley told the Michigan lottery. “Since the Powerball jackpot was up pretty high, I decided to buy a ticket online.”

Hanley bought the ticket on his phone through the Michigan Lottery’s online website. When he checked the numbers the next day, he was shocked to see he’d won $100,000 for matching four of the five numbers that were probably drawn sometime between the Cha-Cha Slide and the tossing of a garter belt.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Hanley will use the money to pay some bills and his wife’s student loan, as well as making some charitable donations.

Products available at the Michigan Lottery website

In addition to daily and weekly draw tickets, the Michigan Lottery sells a number of products online:

Creating an online lottery account in Michigan

Registering an account with the Michigan Lottery is a fairly easy process.

There are three requirements to open an account.

You must be:

  1. a US resident
  2. a resident of Michigan
  3. 18 years or older to play

After the Michigan Lottery confirms your identity through a player verification check, you can make a deposit and begin purchasing lottery products online.

You can deposit money into your online account using:

  • Credit and debit cards
  • A direct transfer from your bank accounts (ACH)
  • Online Game Card purchased at a brick and mortar lottery retail location

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Steve Ruddock is a veteran of the poker and online gambling media. A contributor to,, USA Today, and a variety of other industry publications both online and off, Steve is based in Massachusetts.

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