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 http://www.playmmc.com.

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

Kristen Bickel (second from right) poses for a photo with Woodside Elementary principal, Nick Holtvluwer  (left), her husband, Doug Bickel (second from left) and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Kristen Bickel (second from right) poses for a photo with Woodside Elementary principal, Nick Holtvluwer (left), her husband, Doug Bickel (second from left) and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

An Ottawa County educator known for her enthusiasm, creating a positive learning environment, and dedication to helping her students advance academically and as individuals has been honored with an Excellence of Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kristen Bickel, is a second grade teacher at Woodside Elementary School in Holland.  Woodside Elementary is part of the West Ottawa 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 Bickel will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday 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 Bickel at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

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

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

Bickel said her favorite part of being an educator is that “every day is different and there’s always a chance to learn something new and make a difference in someone’s life.”

She added that her students motivate her to do her best every day. “It’s seeing my students’ faces light up when they finally understand a new concept!  It’s also watching my students develop a love and a passion for learning,” she said.

Bickel has been an educator for 25 years, all as a second grade teacher in the West Ottawa Public Schools district.  She said she was attracted to a career in education while attending Michigan State University and “an accidental schedule change exposed me to the joys of teaching.”

Bickel was nominated by a parent who had two children taught by her.  The nomination noted that both children “ended the year sad that Mrs. Bickel would no longer be their teacher. From Bickel Bucks to Bickel’s Bucket Fillers, from Learn the Globe to Word of the Day, Beach Days, and crazy shirts to the customization of each child’s learning, there is no doubt she is one of the greats.  She does what she does because she cares about the kids and she wants to help each of them move forward in their own way.”

Bickel earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan 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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The Streak: Fantasy 5 Players Win More Than $8.8 Million in Jackpot Prizes

Fantasy 5 with EZMatchThe blazing hot streak that began in early April for Fantasy 5 players has come to an end, but not before making the dreams of many Michigan Lottery players come true!

The streak began on April 7 and ended Saturday, when no one won the $274,920 jackpot. The last Fantasy 5 jackpot won was on Oct. 4 when one lucky ticket matched all five winning numbers – 16-20-24-27-30 – to win a $225,192 jackpot. The winning ticket was bought at the Meijer gas station, located at 1703 Haggerty Highway in Commerce Township in Oakland County.

The Fantasy 5 jackpot has been won at least once per week during the streak, with more than two jackpot wins each week, on average. In total, 57 jackpots totaling more than $8.8 million were won. On Aug. 29, three lucky players split a $731,607 jackpot, the largest amount won during the streak and so far this year for the Fantasy 5 game.

The Fantasy 5 jackpot winners came from across the state, including a Menominee County woman who won $105,000 in the game’s June 11 drawing. The streak winners also included a Pennsylvania man who won $144,707 on April 30 with a ticket bought in Sterling Heights.

The winning ticket holders from the April 26, July 28, Aug. 3 and Oct. 4 Fantasy 5 drawings have yet to claim those prizes. Those winning tickets total more than $500,000 in jackpot prizes.

  • April 26: $159,835, bought at the Dearborn Amoco Service Station, located at 22096 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn
  • July 28: $52,500 ($105,000 split between two players), bought at the BP gas station, located at 34901 Ann Arbor Trail in Livonia
  • Aug. 3: $138,056, bought at the Meijer gas station, located at 7149 East Saginaw Street in East Lansing
  • Oct. 4: $225,192, bought at the Meijer gas station. Located at 1703 Haggerty Highway in Commerce Township

Although the impressive streak of Fantasy 5 jackpot winners has come to an end, a new streak may have just begun. One lucky ticket matched the five winning numbers – 02-19-30-37-38 – to win a $328,843 Fantasy 5 jackpot on Sunday. The winning ticket was bought at the Harrison Wine and Liquor Market, located at 735 Harrison Boulevard in Lincoln Park.

The lucky ticket holders should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to set up appointments to claim their prize. Tickets for Fantasy 5 are valid for one year from the drawing date. Prizes of more than $50,000 must be claimed at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing.

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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