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Michigan to Sell Lottery Tickets Online

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Starting this spring, some Michigan Lottery tickets, such as Mega Millions and Powerball, will be sold online. The state estimates it will bring in nearly $120 million more over the next four years.

Ronnie Noocha manages Village Liquors in Jackson and says convenience stores and gas stations sell lottery tckets to attract more customers, not to make money.

"They're definitely coming in for lottery, so if we can get them in here for that and if we can get them to buy anything else, that would be great," said Noocha.

According to the Michigan Association of Convenience Stores, retailers get 6 cents for every dollar of lottery tickets sold on other goods like pop, snacks, liquor and cigarettes. Stores typically average a 25 to 30 percent profit margin.

Noocha says the bulk of his lottery sales are from scatch off instant tickets, which won't be sold online, but he says the higher the jackpot, the more customers wander through his door.

"When the Mega Millions is in the $200-300 millions as well as Powerball, I get customers I've never seen before," he said.

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