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

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

Kim Mize (center) poses for a photo with her husband, Greg (left), her husband 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 personal attention that she gives each of her special education students, including tutoring on her own time, and for helping them develop social skills has been honored with an Excellence of Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kim Mize, is a special education teacher at Davis Junior High School, in Sterling Heights. The school is part of the Utica Community 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 Mize will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

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

Kim Mize (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 Mize at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Mize said her favorite part of being an educator is “seeing my students learning new things and smile, knowing that they achieved the task.”

She added that her students inspire her to do her best every day. “I’m motivated by watching my students realizing their talent and developing a love for learning.”

Mize has been an educator for 21 years, for the first 11 years as a para professional and the last decade as a teacher. She’s been in her current position, teaching special education students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the past six years.

She said she was attracted to a career in education because it gave her opportunity to “make a difference in the lives of students.”

Mize was nominated for the Excellence in Education award by the parent of one of her students, who has autism. The nomination noted: “Mrs. Mize works wonders with all of her students by treating them as individuals and working with them to see what will help them become most successful with their particular needs. She has helped (my son) learn not only academics, but how to act appropriately socially, at restaurants and with his peers. She tutors the students on her own time and shows an interest in their success not only while they are in her class, but for their future.”

Mize earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education.

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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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $200 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

MSL MegaMillions LogoMichigan Lottery players have a chance to become a multi-millionaire tonight, and all it takes is a dollar.

Tonight’s $200 million Mega Millions jackpot is the game’s second highest 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 $122 million.

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. Three other players have each won a $1 million prize playing Mega Millions, including a player who won in the Aug. 5 drawing and 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 $200 million jackpot, it would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in the state. On April 22, 2005, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, of Port Huron, won $208 million.

The $1 million winner from the Aug. 5 drawing 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 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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Michigan Lottery’s Poker Lotto Game Celebrates One Year of Dealing Cash to Players

Michigan Lottery Poker LottoPoker Lotto hits the one-year mark on Sunday of dealing excitement and cash to players, who’ve won more than $24.5 million playing the popular Michigan Lottery game.

Poker Lotto offers two chances to win big cash prizes. Each $2 ticket gives players a crack at winning up to $5,000 instantly and then up to $100,000 in the nightly drawing.

In only a year, Poker Lotto is becoming known for its fast-paced fun and big prizes with 48 players – nearly one a week – winning $5,000 after being electronically dealt a royal flush.  Another 17 players hit the top prize of $100,000 in the nightly drawing.

All told, Poker Lotto players won more than $16.8 million instantly and another $7.7 million through the nightly drawings.

Poker Lotto offers players two great games in every hand: a chance to win instantly right in the store and walk out with a cash prize range from $2 to $500; plus a nightly lotto drawing with prizes ranging from $3 to the grand prize of $100,000! Players should keep in mind that the nightly drawing is an entirely separate game from the instant-win game played when they purchase a ticket. Winning the instant-win game is based on whether they are dealt a winning poker hand. The nightly drawing is exclusively a matching game. Cards from the nightly drawing are not used to form a winning poker hand. To win a prize in the nightly drawing, a player must match two or more cards with the cards drawn.

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Berrien County Woman Wins $300,000 with Michigan Lottery’s Magic Number Bingo Instant Game

Winning Magic Number Bingo TicketA Berrien County woman is $300,000 richer thanks to one of the Michigan Lottery’s newest instant games: Magic Number Bingo.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, visited Lottery headquarters today to collect her big prize. She bought her winning ticket at Martin’s Super Market, located at 2121 Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph.

This is the first top prize won in the $5 Magic Number Bingo instant game, which launched on Sept. 30. Two $300,000 prizes, five $12,000 prizes and nine $10,000 prizes remain in the popular game, plus thousands of other prizes ranging from $5 to $2,000.

Magic Number Bingo is one of several bingo-themed instant games offered by the Lottery. To win the top prize, players must uncover all of the numbers listed on one of their bingo cards. Lottery instant tickets can be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Making More and More Millionaires: New MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Lottery Game Tickets On Sale Sunday

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubThe wait is almost over for Michigan Lottery players who want a chance at becoming a millionaire with the new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Lottery game. Tickets for the new game go on sale Sunday.

“Making More & More Millionaires” is the slogan for the Lottery game, and each $5 ticket gives players three chances to become a millionaire. MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game drawings will take place every Friday at 11:15 p.m. ET, beginning Friday, Oct. 24.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game Top Prize starts at $15 million and can grow to $25 million. Each time the Top Prize is won, there will be at least 10 additional $1 million winners. Once the Top Prize amount reaches $25 million, all additional prize money creates more $1 million prizes, giving players more chances to become millionaires than any other Lottery game.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game reflects the wishes of players who said that they would like a game with more substantial winners rather than just having one or two players win enormous jackpots.

To win the Top Prize, players must match five numbers from one to 52 as well as one of 28 MONOPOLY Property numbers. In addition to the Top Prize and $1 million prizes, players also may win prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game also features a second chance game that will give lucky players a chance to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and an opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. The game show will be hosted by Mike and Molly star Billy Gardell and is scheduled for a February premiere. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs in each hour-long show. To earn entries into the second chance drawing, players collect MONOPOLY Property Sets and enter them online at

At the game’s launch, tickets for the new multi-state game will be available to players in 23 states, including Michigan, and the District of Columbia. More states are expected to join the game in early 2015.

The MONOPOLY name and logos are trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment.  ©1935, 2014 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862.  All Rights Reserved.

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