Use Michigan Lottery Tickets to Scare Up Some Big Cash Excitement This Halloween

ZombiesMichigan Lottery tickets can scare up some big cash excitement for any Halloween party this weekend.

At $1 apiece, Mega Millions tickets make affordable door prizes and could turn into a frightening large stack of cash for a lucky partygoer, with a $284 million jackpot up for grabs Friday night.

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night is up to $159 million and with tickets at $2 each, using Powerball tickets for costume contest prizes could provide the winners with a heart-pounding experience.

The $5 Magic Number Bingo instant game tickets could make up to $300,000 magically appear in someone’s trick-or-treat bag.

A $1 Instant 10 Grand ticket also could provide a shocking surprise of up to $10,000 for some lucky ghoul or goblin. Or a $2 Wild Time Gold ticket might bring up to $30,000 in wild times to a spooky gathering.

To make the deal even sweeter, let your guests know even non-winning tickets are eligible for other prizes when the ticket codes are entered into the Players Club! The Players Club is a free program that gives Lottery players the chance to collect points by entering codes on non-winning Lottery tickets. Points may be redeemed for entries into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise, including Lottery free-play coupons.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $252 Million for Tonight’s Drawing; Michigan Ticket Won $1 Million in Weekend Drawing

MSL MegaMillions LogoThe jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing has grown to $252 million after no one matched the winning numbers on Friday.

Tonight’s $252 million jackpot is the second highest Mega Millions jackpot of 2014. In March, two lucky players from Florida and Maryland split a $414 million jackpot. The cash option for tonight’s jackpot is about $153 million.

One lucky ticket bought in Michigan matched the first five numbers – 02-14-21-28-55 – in Friday night’s drawing to win $1 million. The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven, located at 35872 Utica Road in Clinton Township.

The Mega Millions game has been lucky for Michigan Lottery players this year. On Friday, June 13, Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, won a $66 million jackpot. Including Friday’s winner, four other players each have won $1 million playing Mega Millions. The player who won in the Aug. 5 drawing has yet to claim the big prize. That winning ticket was sold at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids.

If a lucky Michigan Lottery player wins tonight’s $252 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in the state. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million.

The $1 million winner from Friday’s drawing and the Aug. 5 drawing should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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 for tonight’s drawing may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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Marquette County Woman Wins Fantasy 5 Jackpot of More Than $490,000

Winning Fantasy 5 TicketPatience paid off for a lucky Marquette County woman who won $492,789 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game.

After several years of regularly playing Fantasy 5, the woman, saw all five of her hand-picked numbers drawn on Thursday: 01-04-08-19-24. The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her lucky ticket at Harvey Mini Mart located at 1630 U.S. 41 West in Ishpeming.

The winner plans to save most of her windfall after making a few modest purchases.

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.

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

Joseph Lacey (left) poses for a photo with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Joseph Lacey (left) poses for a photo with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Wayne County educator known for his personalized attention to students, including after school tutoring for those who need extra help and serving as an Academic Games coach, has been honored with an Excellence of Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Joseph Lacey, is a sixth-grade math teacher at the Clippert Academy in Detroit. The multicultural magnet middle school is part of the Detroit 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 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 Lacey will air Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

Joseph Lacey (center) works with students in his classroom at the Clippert Academy in Detroit.

Joseph Lacey (center) works with students in his classroom at the Clippert Academy in Detroit.

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

Lacey said his favorite part of being an educator is “working with my students. I love seeing my students experience that ‘Ah ha!” moment when they understand a new concept. I also enjoy challenging myself to be creative in how I deliver lessons to my students.”

He added the memories of the influential teachers he had as a child inspire him to do his best every day. “I think back to my childhood and realize and appreciate the effect my teachers had on my life. I hope to do the same thing for my students,” he said, adding that his seventh-grade math teacher, Rose Nagy, influenced him to choose education as a career.

Lacey has been an educator for five years and has been teaching at the Clippert Academy for the past three years. In addition to his classroom duties, Lacey also coaches Clippert Academy’s Academic Games team. The Academic Games use competition to encourage and motivate students to sharpen their skills in math, English, social studies, and logic.

Lacey earned two bachelor of arts degrees, one in elementary education and the other in secondary education, from Baker College.

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at 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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Free Play Coupon Leads to Big Win for Michigan Lottery Players Club Member

2014 Players Club LogoWinning TicketA lucky Michigan Lottery Players Club member turned a free play coupon she earned with reward points into a $50,265 Club Keno The Jack prize.

The Lansing woman, who chose to remain anonymous, used a $6 Club Keno free play coupon to purchase a four-spot Club Keno ticket with The Jack good for three draws. The player matched the eight winning The Jack numbers drawn – 02-03-09-12-44-53-60-62 – in drawing number 1136942 to win $50,265 earlier this month. She bought her lucky ticket at Gorman’s Food Market, located at 2800 North Grand River Avenue in Lansing.

The Players Club is a free rewards program that currently has about 630,000 members around the state. Members visit the Lottery’s Players Club website to enter non-winning ticket codes and earn points. Those points may be redeemed for a variety of rewards, such as once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a chance to compete for $1 million on the $1,000,000 Play it Again game show.

The most popular reward among Players Club members are coupons for free play for various Lottery games. These coupons range in value from $2 to $6, depending on the game. In the 2014 fiscal year, players redeemed points for about $1.1 million in free play coupons.

Players may join the Players Club by visiting:

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