By LISA BERRYDALLANLEAU/HuffPost MICHIGAN – It’s not a matter of if Michigan will be the first state in the country to get rid of lottery tickets.
It’s a matter if they’ll be able to buy them.
As the Michigan lottery opens its doors Friday, the state’s new lottery commissioner said that starting July 1, lottery winners will be able buy lottery games, not tickets.
And as long as lottery sales go smoothly, the revenue raised from ticket sales will be shared with the state.
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It will not be a cash grab, said Jennifer Leach, who oversees the lottery in a role that is largely ceremonial.
She’s not in the business of selling tickets to people who are not eligible to buy lottery lottery tickets, she said.
The revenue will go toward state programs, like paying for preschool education, health care and public safety, she added.
There will be a little bit of a dip in sales of lottery-related merchandise, like gaming equipment and clothing, said Jeff O’Neill, the lottery’s deputy commissioner.
But he added that there will be no drop in the sales of tickets to the winners.
“We expect that ticket sales, in the first year, will increase by at least $15 million,” he said.
“This is a new revenue stream,” O’Neil said.
The sales of ticket sales in Michigan will go to the state in a new pot, called the General Fund, which will be funded through the lottery proceeds.
The General Fund has been used to fund education, unemployment compensation and health care since 2008.
The money will be split evenly between the state and lottery ticket holders.
And lottery ticket sales are expected to grow from $1.6 billion last year to about $1 billion this year, said Michael Riedl, the commissioner of the Michigan Lottery.
This year, ticket sales increased to $2.4 billion, about 10 percent higher than the same time last year.
But the lottery is only paying out $1,100 in lottery proceeds each month, meaning that the state will collect $4,500 less per ticket.
This has not been an easy year for lottery companies.
Last year, the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Michigan Treasury Department each pulled money from lottery sales.
The Treasury Department, which is in charge of overseeing the state lottery, suspended ticket sales for a period of time after Gov.
Rick Snyder announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
The state’s general fund is funded by the lottery revenues, which are collected through a combination of lottery sales and other revenue streams.
But if the state is to maintain its operating budget, it must find a way to continue the payment of lottery proceeds to the General Assembly and the Treasury Department.
That’s the challenge that lottery companies face now.
The General Fund was used to pay for schools, unemployment benefits, health insurance and public health programs.
That funding dried up in the 2016-17 fiscal year, after the Legislature failed to raise additional revenue for these programs.
The Legislature is expected to pass a new fiscal year budget this month that would provide $1 million to the Treasury for lottery-funded education.
But it is not clear when that will happen.
The lottery companies have been working to ensure that ticket revenue is used to support the General Public, which includes kids and families.
Ticket sales provide an opportunity for them to provide education to kids who may not otherwise have it, said Jason Kost, the executive director of the General Partnership, which represents Michigan’s state lottery companies, in a statement.
But that is not always easy for the companies to do.
In February, the Department of Public Instruction issued a directive that instructed lottery ticket companies not to sell lottery tickets to students and families, citing safety concerns.
A few months later, in May, the department also instructed the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office to cease selling lottery tickets unless they were purchased by the winner’s immediate family members.
In August, the secretary of state’s office began issuing letters to lottery companies saying that tickets sold by lottery companies could not be used for school purposes, including paying for school supplies or food, and would not be refunded.
In September, the treasurer of the state also began issuing instructions to lottery ticket sellers to stop selling lottery ticket purchases to families.
In September, Kost and the General Partner issued a joint statement expressing their concern about the timing of the lottery sales termination, saying the sale of tickets could be in jeopardy if the Legislature does not come up with a budget in time.
The secretary of public instruction has also ordered a lottery company to cease sales to families until the General Partners can get approval to continue operating.
Kost and others have said that the timing is not a problem.
The Secretary of Public Employment’s office is still approving lottery sales to family members,