GEORGIA — The state of Michigan has announced a new plan to donate more than $3 million of lottery proceeds to charity.
The state lottery commission announced Tuesday it has approved a new lottery system that would donate proceeds from the state’s $4 billion jackpot to a charity of choice.
The commission also approved a $1.3 million grant to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s efforts to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
“It’s been a tough week,” lottery commissioner Michael Wozniak said at a news conference.
“But now we have the opportunity to make a difference.”
The money will go to a program called the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
It is designed to help children and families in need, including those in the poorest areas of rural America.
The $3.6 million would go to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support research into prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and childhood asthma.
Wozniac said the money will also go toward the Red Cross’ efforts to support relief efforts in Nepal and other developing nations.
The Michigan lottery, which will host the largest jackpot in state history, has received about $3 billion in federal aid.
That includes nearly $2.3 billion from the Social Security Administration and $1 billion from Medicaid, according to the commission.