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Michigan Lottery claims offices closed due to coronavirus pandemic, winners can still redeem prizes

(Courtesy Michigan Lottery)

LANSING, MI — If you’re one of the lucky lottery players in Michigan who win a large prize, the process for claiming your winnings will be slightly different for the time being. The Michigan Lottery has closed several claims offices in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, and Lansing have been closed indefinitely while the state continues to work to stop the spread of the virus. That means those who win big lottery prizes will have to adjust how they claim their prize.

Anyone who wins a prize worth $600 or less can still claim that prize at any lottery retailer. However, if you win between $601 and $50,000 you will have to redeem that prize via the mail. Any prize larger than $50,001 can be claimed by appointment only with the Michigan Lottery.

That also means banks that have partnered with the lottery to process claims will not be able to process the claim even if the bank itself is open.

PREVENTION TIPS

Michigan’s State Emergency Operations Center is coordinating state-government resources and the response to the coronavirus spread. It has shared the following tips:

What you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases:

· Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

· Stay home if you are sick and advise others to do the same.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Michigan Lottery claims offices closed due to coronavirus pandemic, winners can still redeem prizes (Courtesy Michigan Lottery) LANSING, MI — If you’re one of the lucky lottery players in

Michigan state lottery office

The Michigan Lottery temporarily closed its regional claim offices to the public today while implementing additional measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Affected are the Lottery offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, and Lansing. These offices will reopen soon.

Banks that have teamed up with the Lottery to process claims may be open, however, will not be able to process any prize claims.

Lottery prizes of up to $600 may be claimed at retailers and prizes of $601 to $50,000 may be claimed via U.S. mail. Prize claims of $50,001 will continue to be processed by appointment.

The Lottery also is directing its employees to work remotely when possible.

All Lottery drawings will proceed as scheduled.

The Lottery urges players to use social distancing and other measures to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. Those at higher risk from COVID-19 should avoid non-essential travel.

The Michigan Lottery temporarily closed its regional claim offices to the public today while implementing additional measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Affected are the Lottery offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, and Lansing. These offices will reopen soon. Banks that have teamed up with the Lottery to process claims…