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

Tom Trudeau Accepts Educator Award

Tom Trudeau (center) poses for a photo with his wife and Michigan State University Basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Macomb County educator known for his knowledge of science, commitment to the environment and passion for teaching has been honored with an Excellence of Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Tom Trudeau, is a fourth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in the Fraser Public Schools district.

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 will 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 will be 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 Trudeau will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

Tom Trudeau Talks with Coach Izzo

Tom Trudeau (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting his 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 Trudeau at the Breslin Center and presented him with his award.

Trudeau said that his favorite part of being an educator is interacting with the students.

“When I am with the students, I feel animated.  I really become focused, alive, and start to enjoy the kids.  The feedback is great,” he said, adding that he’s motivated by “the responsibility the parents place in me, preparing the students for their lives. I really like my job.”

Trudeau has been an educator for 13 years, all with the Fraser Public Schools, and said his experience as a parent with the district attracted him to a career in education.  “My own children got such a wonderful public education in Fraser, I was bold enough to think I could be a teacher.”

Trudeau was nominated by the parent of a former student and a current student.  The nomination noted that “his passion to make the environment a better place is evident through his teachings.  Mr. Trudeau leads the school’s recycling efforts by heading up the school’s environmental club, the school recycling program, and the garden area.  He makes learning fun because of his passion. Everything he does is a creative outsource of knowledge that the students in his class absorb because of his teaching style.”

Trudeau earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and a master of arts degree in education from Oakland University.

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation or through the websites of the Lottery’s media partner stations.

Excellence in Education award nominees will be 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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Monroe County Woman Gains a “Rush” with $100,000 Poker Lotto Jackpot!

A Monroe County woman learned the exact meaning of the poker term “rush” – winning a large amount of money in a short period of time – when she won $100,000 playing Poker Michigan Lottery Poker LottoLotto.

The 43-year-old winner, who chose to remain anonymous, is a regular Michigan Lottery player and previously had won smaller prizes, but said winning a Poker Lotto top prize was an entirely different experience.

“I didn’t believe that I actually won until I was making an appointment to claim the prize,” the winner said. “I just kept telling myself: ‘This isn’t real. This isn’t real.’” She was sure there had been a mistake when the store clerk told her she had won the jackpot.

The lucky winner plans to use a portion of her big prize to enhance her family’s carefree lifestyle, starting with building a pole barn to store the family camper.

“We don’t live the high life, we just have fun,” the winner said, adding that she enjoys outdoor activities and having barbeques with her loved ones.

The winning ticket was bought at the Carleton Fuel Stop, located at 12710 Grafton Rd in Carleton.

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$100,000,000 Diamonds Instant Game Offers Michigan Lottery Players $4 Million Top Prizes

$30 ticket IG#699 MI 100M DiamondsDiamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. With the new $100,000,000 Diamonds instant game from the Michigan Lottery, diamonds can be everyone’s best friend.

The newest $30 instant game from the Lottery, $100,000,000 Diamonds, gives players the chance to win instantly one of two $4 million top prizes. The game also features more than 150 prizes of $4,000, and $2.8 million in prizes ranging from $30 to $500. Tickets for the $100,000,000 Diamonds game go on sale Tuesday.

$100,000,000 Diamonds is the second $30 instant game offered by the Lottery. The Lottery’s first $30 instant game, $2,000,000 CA$H, was introduced in February and was an instant hit. With one $2 million top prize and 34 $10,000 prizes remaining, the game continues to be a favorite with players.

Both $100,000,000 Diamonds and $2,000,000 CA$H may be purchased at Lottery retailers around the state.

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Lucky Dearborn Man Wins $250,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Keno! Game

Keno! $250,000A lucky Dearborn man had to check his Keno! ticket three times before it sank in that he’d won $250,000 playing the popular Michigan Lottery game.

“I checked it online at the Lottery website and couldn’t believe that I’d matched 10 numbers. I went to the store and had them scan it and they told me it was a winner. Then I had them print out the winning numbers for me and took them home and circled the numbers that were on my ticket.  That’s when I finally said ‘thank you!’” the winner said, looking upward.

The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, said he has a set of numbers that he plays consistently, but won on an Easy Pick.

His winning ticket matched the 10 of the 22 numbers – 4, 8, 9, 15, 27, 31, 54, 56, 69, and 73 – in Tuesday evening’s Keno! drawing.

The 69-year-old bought the big winner at the 7-Eleven at 3307 Greenfield Road in Dearborn.  After accepting that he’d won the top Keno! prize, the player put the ticket in a Bible for safekeeping until he could claim his prize Thursday at Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

He said he planned to pay off some debts and invest the bulk of his prize money.

Keno! tickets may be purchased for $1. Players select 10 numbers from one to 80 for a chance to win prizes ranging from a free instant ticket up to a jackpot of $250,000. Drawings for the game take place at 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $225 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballIf your family and friends seem distracted today, it’s likely they’re daydreaming about what they’d do if they won the $225 million Powerball jackpot.

Tonight’s $225 million prize is the third largest Powerball jackpot of 2014. In February, a California man won more than $425 million, and a Tennessee man won more than $259 million in June.

The largest Powerball win by a Michigan Lottery player came on Aug. 15, 2012 when Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won $337 million. Lawson’s jackpot win is also the largest prize ever won by a Lottery player in Michigan.

The Powerball drawing will take place at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased until 9:45 p.m.

If the jackpot is won tonight, the winner could select a one-time lump sum option of $134.1 million.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at any of the 11,000 Lottery retailers throughout the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing may be watched live on the Lottery’s network of stations: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC). Additionally, the drawing may be watched online at: www.powerballlive.com/powerball.

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