Chesterfield Man Wins $207,551 Fantasy 5 Jackpot with Online Ticket; Lottery Celebrates with Free Online Play

Doug S. smiles after collecting a $207,551 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Doug S. smiles after collecting a $207,551 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

A lucky late night ticket purchase led to a $207,551 Fantasy 5 jackpot for a Chesterfield man.

Doug S., who asked that his last name not be used, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Jan. 20 – 05-10-16-19-21 – to win the $207,551 jackpot. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com. He is the first player in Michigan Lottery history to win a draw game jackpot with a ticket purchased online.

To celebrate Doug’s historic win, the Lottery is offering new online players $5 in free play beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. To take advantage of this special offer, players should enter the promo code FANTASY when creating a Michigan Lottery online account at MichiganLottery.com.

“I remember lying in bed the night I bought the ticket and thinking I needed to check and see if anyone had won the Fantasy 5 jackpot,” said Doug. “After I saw that it hadn’t been won, I noticed a ‘Buy Now’ button so I clicked it, and bought a Fantasy 5 ticket for the Jan. 20 drawing.”

The next day, Doug checked to see if the Fantasy 5 jackpot had grown and when he saw it was back to $100,000 he logged into his Michigan Lottery account to check his ticket.

“As soon as I logged in on my phone, a screen popped up and congratulated me on winning the $207,551 Fantasy 5 jackpot,” said Doug. “I really couldn’t process what I was seeing, so I asked my roommate to take a look at the screen.

“He couldn’t believe what he was seeing and said we needed to get on a computer and log in. After we logged in on my home computer we looked in my account and saw the winning ticket, and that’s when we knew it was real.”

With his big prize, Doug plans to build a new patio for his pool, take his mom on a trip to play bingo, and help his niece pay for college.

“Offering tickets for sale online makes buying them so convenient. That Fantasy 5 ticket was the easiest Lottery ticket I’ve ever bought,” Doug said.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $1 million instantly playing online. In addition to Fantasy 5, Lotto 47, Mega Millions, and Powerball, the Lottery also offers players 29 different games ranging in price from 5 cents to $20 for purchase online. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

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

Daniel Carr (center) poses for a photo with Waverly High School Principal, Chris Huff, and Waverly senior and Spanish Honor Society president, Alexis Hutchinson, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Daniel Carr (center) poses for a photo with Waverly High School Principal, Chris Huff, and Waverly senior and Spanish Honor Society president, Alexis Hutchinson, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Eaton County educator known for inspiring a love of Spanish and other languages in his students and for providing them with “real world” experiences through volunteer work and lessons from his international travels has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Daniel Carr, teaches Spanish and sports marketing at Waverly High School, which is part of the Waverly Community Schools district.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education award program in 2014 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 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 Carr 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 Carr at the Breslin Center and presented him with the award.

Carr said his favorite part of being an educator is “exposing students to the real world through my personal international travel experiences and through visits to the classroom by a variety of guests with a wealth of inspiring life experiences.

In the first semester of this school year, he had nearly 50 guest speakers visit his classes. In Spanish class, there were guests from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.  In sports marketing, the guests included pro and college athletes and coaches, musicians, big event promoters, sports announcers, and movie directors.”

He said knowing that the knowledge and experiences he shares with students will help them later in life motivates him to do his best each day.  “I’m fortunate to see where life has taken many of my former students and how the subject matter they’ve learned in my classroom and more importantly, the life lessons they’ve learned, have made a positive impact on them in the ‘real world,’” he said.

Carr said he was attracted to a career in education because it gave him the opportunity to “work with young people, both locally and around the world, teaching them life lessons through the game of basketball.”

The mother of a Waverly High School student nominated Carr for the Excellence in Education award and described him as “just the kind of teacher who inspires kids.”

The nomination noted that Waverly High School recently added an upper level Spanish class because so many students wanted to keep studying the language with Carr.  He also is the adviser for the school’s Spanish Honor Society.

“He also spearheads World Language Night, where all the different language classes perform skits. He even has been known to stay the night at the school to make sure this event goes off as planned,” the nomination said.

Daniel Carr talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Daniel Carr talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Carr described World Language Night as a “huge variety show that showcases the languages that are taught and spoken at our school, as well as the diversity of our student body and the impact our students make on the global community.  Each year, the students and I try to dream up bigger and crazier things to do for the show.  Last year, for example, I brought in a contestant from ‘America’s Got Talent’ to sing with one of our students in Spanish. I invited a highly renowned Salsa instructor to reach one of my classes a dance. I also had a professional movie stunt scene coordinator choreograph and train about 20 students for an epic fight scene we did in our ‘Peter Pan’ play.  All of these people volunteered their time and expertise and the students put in hundreds of hours of their own time.”

The nomination added that Carr also inspires and encourages students to do volunteer work, such as traveling to Detroit to help sort medical supplies going to Third World countries through the nonprofit World Medical Relief.

“Mr. Carr will go out of his way for any of his students! He travels every year to a new country and brings information about the country and its culture back to his students and that inspires them even more!”

Carr, who has visited every Spanish-speaking country, is known for his mission trips around the globe, many of them to help build hospitals and orphanages or to serve as a translator for visiting doctors.

On more than 25 trips to countries ranging from Kenya and Rwanda to Romania and Argentina, he’s used basketball – a game he didn’t even play in high school – to empower young people.  “Life lessons, such as trust, perseverance, and teamwork can be taught through sports, which shatter all barriers,” he has said.

Carr has been an educator for 19 years, all at Waverly High School.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and a master of arts degree in education from Michigan State University.

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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New Caesars® Jackpot Instant Game Offers Big Cash Prizes and Las Vegas Trips

Caesars JackpotMichigan Lottery players have a new way to fill their bank accounts or jet off to Las Vegas, with the new Caesars® Jackpot instant game.

Each $5 casino-themed Caesars® Jackpot instant game ticket offers players up to 15 chances to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. The game features more than $14 million in total prizes, including three $300,000 top prizes.

The Caesars® Jackpot game also offers players a second chance opportunity to win one of 10 all-expense paid trips to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Each trip will include round trip airfare and deluxe hotel accommodations for two at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for five days and four nights, and $1,000 spending money. To enter the second chance drawing, players should visit MichiganLottery.com/Caesars to enter their non-winning Caesars Jackpot tickets. There is no limit on the number of tickets a player may enter. The deadline to enter the second chance contest is May 23.

Lottery instant games are available at retailers across the state.

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Michigan Lottery Celebrates One Year of Lucky For Life Sales

Lucky For Life Dec. 2015It’s been a lucky year for Michigan Lottery players thanks to the Lucky For Life game.

Wednesday marks one year since ticket sales began in Michigan for the popular multi-state lottery game. Each Lucky For Life drawing offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $1,000 a day for life. All told, Lucky For Life has produced some impressive results for Michigan players in its first year:

  • More than $11.5 million in total prizes paid to players
  • Nearly 1.4 million winning tickets sold, third most among participating states
  • Eight winners of the game’s $25,000 a year for life second prize, tied with Connecticut for the most second prize winners
  • Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing more than 13,000 winners in Michigan, on average

Michigan is one of 18 lotteries offering players the Lucky for Life game. The other participating lotteries are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington D.C.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Lake City Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Charlotte May Willis poses for a photo after claiming a $1 million Powerball prize.

Charlotte May Willis poses for a photo after claiming a $1 million Powerball prize.

A 78-year-old Lake City woman is looking forward to getting a new dishwasher after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Powerball game.

Charlotte May Willis won the $1 million prize by matching the five white balls drawn in the Jan. 13 Powerball drawing: 04-08-19-27-34. She bought the winning ticket at the Admiral gas station, located at 805 South Mitchell Street in Cadillac.

Willis learned she was a $1 million winner after her grandson checked the numbers for her online at MichiganLottery.com.

Charlotte May Willis won $1 million playing Powerball on Jan. 13.

Charlotte May Willis won $1 million playing Powerball on Jan. 13.

Willis visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Tuesday to claim her big prize. She said that winning $1 million “didn’t seem real” until she had her picture taken while holding a big check.

In addition to purchasing a new dishwasher with her winnings, Willis plans to pay off her bills and complete some home improvement projects.

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 drawings take place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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