Michigan Lottery Players Win $11.8 Million in February Playing Online Games

Money in hands.February was a winning month for Michigan Lottery players who played online games raking in more than $11.8 million in prizes.

The $11.8 million in total prizes includes the first $1 million prize won in an online game. Pamala Rawson, of Allegan County, made history on Feb. 18 when she hit the big prize playing the Diamond Payout online game.

The Lottery’s online games reached another milestone in February when online player registrations topped 100,000.

Later this month, the Lottery plans to launch two new online games. A mobile-only buried treasure themed game, Treasure Bay, and a web-only wizard themed game, Wizard of All, will offer players a chance to win prizes up to $75,000 with tickets ranging in price from 50 cents to $5.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $1 million instantly playing online. The Lottery offers players many different games ranging in price from 25 cents to $20. Players may purchase an Online Game Card at Lottery retailers across the state for $20. Each Online Game Card includes $5 in free bonus play when redeemed online. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

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Michigan Lottery Players Club Winners Announced

The Winner Is...Five Michigan Lottery Players Club members took home big prizes in February.

The five lucky winners were selected from more than 546,000 entries to win prizes ranging from a big screen TV to a year’s supply of gas.

The lucky winners are:

  • Jo Ann Filthaut, of Harrison Township – $2,500 Visa Gift Card
  • Bethaney Grablick, of Lincoln Park – One year supply of gas ($2,500 value)
  • Karl Gulledge, of Detroit – Big screen TV ($999 value)
  • Kasey Kiracofe, of Caseville – Home appliance giveaway ($999 value)
  • Melinda Schudel, of Adrian – Technology giveaway ($999 value)

The Players Club is a free program that gives Lottery players the chance to accumulate points by entering codes from non-winning instant and draw game 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.

Players may join the Players Club by visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.

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Wayne County Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Steven Cosby, Jr. visited Lottery headquarters Monday to collect his $1 million Powerball prize.

Steven Cosby, Jr. visited Lottery headquarters Monday to collect his $1 million Powerball prize.

A detour led a Wayne County man to a $1 million Powerball win on Saturday night.

Steven Cosby, Jr., of Inkster, was on his way to visit his aunt when his father, Steven Cosby, Sr., suggested making a stop to buy Powerball tickets. The 21 year-old Cosby changed course and stopped at his favorite retailer: Mitch’s Party Store, located at 37504 Michigan Avenue in Wayne. While there, he bought a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers drawn Saturday – 11-17-25-28-46 – to win $1 million.

“My dad called me Sunday morning screaming that he saw on the news that someone had won $1 million with a ticket bought at Mitch’s,” said Cosby, Jr. “My dad was excited thinking I might be the winner. When I checked my ticket and told him I had matched five numbers, we both screamed and thanked God!”

The next phone call Cosby, Jr. made to share his good news was to his mother, Monya Thomas.

“When I talked to my mom she couldn’t believe what I was saying. She thought I was misreading the ticket,” said Cosby, Jr. “She asked me to read the numbers on my ticket to her and my uncle and as soon as I did that they knew I was a lucky winner.”

Having a $1 million winning Powerball ticket in his wallet made the weekend seem longer than usual for Cosby, Jr. and his parents.

“I think we are still in shock because it’s so incredible to think that I won $1 million,” said Cosby, Jr. “I’m not sure if I will believe it until I get the check to the bank and see my account balance.”

Steven Cosby, Jr. matched the five white ball numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing to win $1 million.

Steven Cosby, Jr. matched the five white ball numbers in Saturday’s Powerball drawing to win $1 million.

With his winnings Cosby, Jr. plans to purchase a white Mercedes GL he has dreamed about owning since he began driving. He also plans to buy his parents each a new car, and take a trip out west to visit family before investing the remainder of his winnings.

My parents have always taken care of me, and now I can take care of them,” said Cosby, Jr.

Cosby, Jr., plans to continue shopping at Mitch’s Party Store and buying Powerball tickets.

“Mitch’s is a great place to play. My dad has always played the Lottery there and the staff is always really friendly whenever I stop in,” said Cosby, Jr. “I’m young and it would be great to win again.”

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for Wednesday’s drawing. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Powerball tickets for the drawing until 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Wednesday’s jackpot is $90 million.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across 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 takes place at 10:59 p.m. and 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: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball.

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

Donna Venglar (center) poses for a photo with her husband, Michael, and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Donna Venglar (center) poses for a photo with her husband, Michael, and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Clare County educator known for guiding students to new and challenging ways to learn and for incorporating technology into her classroom has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Donna Venglar, teaches fourth grade at the Clare Primary School, in Clare.  The school is part of the Clare Public 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 Venglar will air Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

Donna Venglar (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Donna Venglar (right) 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 Venglar at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Venglar said her experience as a mother led her to a career in education.  “I enjoyed raising my own children so much that once they were independent enough, I went back to school so I could start a career in teaching,” she said.

She said helping students to grow academically and as individuals is her favorite part of being an educator.  “I love empowering students to be the best they can be,” she said, adding that her students motivate her to do her best every day:  “They make it all worthwhile.”

Venglar has been an educator for 12 years and has taught fourth grade in the Clare Public Schools for the past four years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and a master’s degree in kindergarten-through-12th grade reading and literacy from Central Michigan University.

The Excellence in Education award nomination, submitted by a colleague, described Venglar as “an innovator and a champion for children. She cares about each and every student.  As a master teacher, Mrs. Venglar uses data to meet the learning needs of her students.  Her classroom is not just a classroom. It is an environment where fourth graders become investigators, collaborators, writers, publishers and historians! Mrs. Venglar empowers her students to learn in exciting and challenging ways.  Students have ownership of their learning goals and work as members of the classroom society to grow and progress as learners and people.”

The nomination noted that Venglar “and her students use technology embedded within all that they do as her students have a one-to-one iPad classroom.  In addition, Mrs. Venglar is a team leader with her staff at the Clare Primary School.  She designed and led the team with the Jump Start Summer Program this past summer. As a teacher in the classroom she is a master.  As an educational leader, she is respected and followed with enthusiasm.”

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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Club Keno Doubler Days Gives Players a Chance to Double Their Winnings

Club Keno Doubler DaysClub Keno players will be seeing double during the month of March. Starting Sunday, Club Keno players will have the opportunity to have their prizes doubled during the Michigan Lottery’s Doubler Days.

A “Doubler” message will be printed on random Club Keno tickets through March 31. That “Doubler” message means all Club Keno and Kicker prizes won on that ticket will be doubled. If a player purchases a ticket for multiple draws and it has a “Doubler” message, all the prizes won in all drawings on that ticket are doubled.

The Doubler Days promotion comes at no additional cost to players. Tickets must be valid Club Keno winners to be eligible for double winnings. A “Doubler” message alone does not denote a win. The Jack prizes are not eligible for the Doubler Days promotion. Prizes will be doubled up to a limit of $4 million per drawing.

One of the Lottery’s most popular games, Club Keno gives players 37 different ways to play and win. Players select up to 10 numbers to match from one to 80, with prize amounts determined based on the amount the player wagered. Club Keno may be played at Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings are every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.

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