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Michigan Lottery Looking To Expand Online

Winning the lottery is a dream for many.

Our Nick Perreault spoke with Michigan lottery officials who are working on a way to make the jackpots even bigger.

Playing the lottery is a chance to change your life and dream of what could be in your future.

"I'm going to Hawaii, taking care of mom and pop."

Or take care of someone else.

"I'd give it to charity," Brighton Resident Brian Muench said.

But regardless of who holds the winning ticket Michigan schools win.

"Since the lottery began in 1972 the Michigan Lottery has provided 18 billion dollars to support public education in the state of Michigan," said Michigan Lottery Public Relations Representative Jeff Hollifield.

Jeff Hollifield says last year the lottery generated $734 million dollars towards education, but says its not just a win for students, but also taxpayers.

"Every dollar that the lottery provides to schools that's one less dollar they have to pull out of their pocket and give to the state for that," Hollifield said.

"There's impulse buys that they wouldn't normally make if they hadn't stopped to purchase a lottery ticket," Mark Griffin Michigan Association of Convenience Stores said.

Mark Griffin says the lottery also helps convenience stores as well.

And the lottery says they're looking to grow even more by possibly becoming the third state to sell lottery games online.

"We have this opportunity there, It's something we need to do to keep our business growing," Hollifield said.

Something Hollifield says would generate an additional $480 million dollars for the school aid fund over the first eight years.

But Griffin says many brick and mortar shops rely on those in-store transactions to survive.

"Any thing that dilutes that process will actually hurt convince stores in the long run," Griffin said.

"No we are going to make sure that doesn't happen," Hollifield said.

Hollifield says one option discussed is for stores to offer cards with money on them to use for online gambling.

"I-lottery services raises awareness of the lottery."

And more awareness translates to more players who dream of hitting it big.

Hollifield says it's unclear which game will be put online, but says players could expect to see some games by the fall of 2014.

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