$4.35 Million Up For Grabs in Saturday’s Lotto 47 Drawing

Lotto 47 with EZMatchNext week could start with a big pile of cash for a lucky Michigan Lottery player if they win the $4.35 million Lotto 47 jackpot Saturday night.

If a player wins Saturday’s $4.35 million Lotto 47 jackpot, it would mark the third time the game’s jackpot has been won in 2015. It also would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won this year. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

In January, the Lotto 47 jackpot was won twice, with the big wins coming just a week apart.

On Jan. 17, one ticket matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn – 04-06-16-26-33-36 – to win a $3.5 million jackpot. The winning ticket was bought at the Pellston General Store, located at 45 North U.S. 31 in Pellston. One week later, a lucky player matched the six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Jan. 24 – 02-04-14-17-27-30 – to win a $1 million jackpot. That ticket was bought at the E&A Pit Stop, located at 5586 East Apple Avenue in Muskegon.

The winner of the $3.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Jan. 17 has yet to come forward. The winning ticket holder should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Lotto 47 are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Oakland County Man Wins $500,000 in 20X The Cash Instant Game from Michigan Lottery

Winning TicketAn Oakland County man got the surprise of a lifetime when he won $500,000 in the 20X The Cash instant game from the Michigan Lottery.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, followed his usual morning routine when he stopped at the Mobil gas station, located at 43407 Grand River Avenue in Novi to purchase Lottery tickets. After returning to his car, he scratched his lucky 20X The Cash ticket and found that he won $500,000.

“I was shaking in my boots when I saw the ticket was a winner,” said the player. “I went back into the store and asked the clerk to confirm I was a winner. She pulled me aside and congratulated me on winning $50,000, I asked her to look again and she couldn’t believe her eyes either.”

After asking the clerk for a pen and signing the back of his ticket, the lucky player got in his car and called his wife to share the good news.

“When I called my wife, she thought I had gotten in a car accident because I could hardly speak,” he said.

The rest of the day continued as usual for the player, who went to work.

“Going to work with that ticket was pretty nerve-wracking,” said the player. “I kept the ticket in my pocket all day and kept sticking my hand in my pocket to make sure it was there. Once I got home I put the ticket under a chair cushion in our bedroom for safe keeping.”

With his winnings, the player plans to take a vacation and put the remainder into a retirement account.

For just $5 each 20X The Cash instant game ticket gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. In addition to three $500,000 prizes, 78 $10,000 prizes, 144 $2,000 prizes, and 987 $1,000 prizes remain in the game. The 20X The Cash game debuted on Jan. 6.

Michigan Lottery instant game tickets may be purchased at retailers across the state.

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Alpena County Man Wins $100,000 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

04.14.15 Fantasy 5 04.10.15 Draw $100,000 Anonymous Alpena CountyAn Alpena County man filled up his bank account thanks to a $100,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, learned he was a big winner after stopping for gas while taking a trip in northern Michigan. He matched the Fantasy 5 winning numbers drawn on Friday – 04-14-18-19-22 – to win his big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Alpena E-Z Mart, located at 1035 West Chisholm Street in Alpena.

With his winnings, the player plans to pay some bills and put the remainder in savings.

Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot guaranteed to start at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $115,000.

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Megaplier Boosts $1 Million Mega Millions Prize to $5 Million for a Lucky Oakland County Man

David Kalanik's $5 million winning Mega Millions ticket.

David Kalanik’s $5 million winning Mega Millions ticket.

Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1 million prize into a $5 million prize for a lucky Oakland County man.

David Kalanik stopped at the City Liquor store, located at 30444 West 8 Mile in Farmington Hills to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option. His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 – 10-36-47-63-74 – good for a $1 million win prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, his prize was multiplied by five for a $5 million prize.

“I checked my ticket the morning after the drawing and just sat there in disbelief,” said Kalanik. “I called my wife in to confirm I had won because I just couldn’t believe my eyes.”

At first, Kalanik’s wife thought he was playing a late April Fool’s Day joke until she took a closer look.

“We were both elated. The winning numbers were on the top line of the ticket and I didn’t even bother to check the rest of the numbers,” said Kalanik.

“I don’t always play Mega Millions, but when I do I add the Megaplier. Having a shot at winning a multi-million dollar prize is the reason I like to play.”

The 54-year-old Kalanik took a week to meet with a financial advisor before coming to Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim his prize. He plans to invest his newfound wealth for his retirement.

“Winning Mega Millions has been a great experience, but we plan to continue living the way we always have. Winning won’t change our lives, but will help us be more comfortable,” said Kalanik.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

Mega Millions tickets may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $47 million.

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Macomb County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Susan Mokrzycki (second from right) poses for a photo with (left to right) sister-in-law, Barb Mokrzycki, brother, Ken Mokrzycki, and Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Susan Mokrzycki (second from right) poses for a photo with (left to right) sister-in-law, Barb Mokrzycki, brother, Ken Mokrzycki, and Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Macomb County educator known for the individualized attention that she provides each student and her focus on helping them to succeed both in and out of school has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Susan Mokrzycki, is a special education teacher specializing in English, social studies, and science at Warren Mott High School, which is part of the Warren Consolidated Schools.

The Michigan Lottery recently established the Excellence in Education awards to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district.  One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations:  WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Ms. Mokrzycki will air Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

Susan Mokrzycki talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, prior to accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Susan Mokrzycki talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, prior to accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.  Izzo met recently with Ms. Mokrzycki at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Ms. Mokrzycki said she decided to pursue a career in education because she wanted “to help troubled teens become successful.” She spent the first part of her career teaching in a court-placed day treatment program and then in a secure residential children’s treatment facility.  Ms. Mokrzycki currently teaches English to ninth grade resource room students at Warren Mott High School, the high school from which she graduated.

“One of my favorite parts of being an educator is watching a student’s face light up when they grasp a concept for the first time.  Another favorite part is helping to build confidence in my students,” she said adding that her students inspire her every day to “teach from my heart and do all that I can to help my students succeed.”

Ms. Mokrzycki has been an educator for 23 years, the last 13 with the Warren Consolidated Schools.  She earned a bachelor of arts in English from Wayne State University and a master of arts in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University.

The mother of a former student nominated Ms. Mokrzycki for the Excellence in Education award. In the nomination, the parent described how Ms. Mokrzycki provided individualized attention for her daughter and other students and briefed other teachers about their educational needs to help them succeed.

The mother noted that with Ms. Mokrzycki’s help, her daughter graduated from high school last June, but decided to delay her dream of taking classes at the local community college.  “But that’s not where the story ends! Out of the blue, we received an email from Ms. Mokrzycki and she asked my daughter if she would take a class with her at Macomb Community College.  Because of this wonderful, dedicated woman, my daughter is back on track to follow her dreams,” she wrote, adding that Ms. Mokrzycki was “spending her own money on a class that she doesn’t need because she believes in my daughter.  She has gone from teacher to friend and is truly a mentor to my daughter.”

Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
  • Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
  • Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts
  • Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.
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