Dearborn Heights Woman Wins Cadillac Playing Cadillac Riches Instant Game, Opts for Cash Prize of More Than $54,000

Kathleen McGrath poses for a photo after winning a Cadillac CTS on the Lottery's Cadillac Riches game. McGrath opted for a cash prize of $54,764.

Kathleen McGrath poses for a photo after winning a Cadillac CTS on the Lottery’s Cadillac Riches game. McGrath opted for a cash prize of $54,764.

A Dearborn Heights woman couldn’t wait to get to Michigan Lottery headquarters today after winning a 2014 Cadillac CTS, playing the Cadillac Riches game.

Kathleen McGrath is the first winner of a Cadillac CTS on the popular $5 instant game. She decided to take a cash prize of $54,764 instead of the car. McGrath bought her winning ticket at the Sunnyside Market, located at 21534 Van Born Road in Dearborn Heights.

McGrath, a regular Lottery player, was helping an elderly neighbor on Tuesday afternoon when she learned the neighbor had just won $75 playing Cadillac Riches. That night when she visited the Sunnyside Market to make her regular Lottery purchase, she bought two Cadillac Riches tickets.

“I scratched the tickets as soon as I got home,” McGrath said. “The first ticket I scratched was a $10 winner and I thought it was a pretty good start. When I scratched the second ticket and realized what I had, I started screaming! My dogs were barking, I was jumping all over, and I couldn’t wait to call the Lottery.”

For McGrath, positive karma paid off. She is known for helping others in need and buys the clerk at the Sunnyside Market two $2 instant game tickets each time she makes a Lottery purchase.

“It’s such a good feeling to win,” McGrath said. “This money is going to help a lot of people.”

With her winnings, McGrath plans to help a few needy families in her community and save a portion for herself.

For just $5 per ticket, Cadillac Riches gives players a chance to win a 2014 Cadillac CTS as well as cash prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. Both of the game’s $200,000 top prizes remain, along with two Cadillac CTS prizes and nine $1,000 prizes. Players also may enter non-winning tickets into a second chance drawing for a chance to win a 2014 Cadillac CTS. The Cadillac Riches game launched in August 2014.

Cadillac Riches, and other Lottery instant game tickets may be purchased at retailers across the state.

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

Barbara Cole (right) poses for a photo with her husband, Tom Cole (second from left), principal, Karen Friberg (left) and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Barbara Cole (right) poses for a photo with her husband, Tom Cole (second from left), principal, Karen Friberg (left) and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Kent County educator known for her dedication to students and the personalized attention she gives them, including providing each student with an end-of-the year photo album and a calendar of summer activities, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Barbara Cole, is a first-grade teacher at the Townline Elementary School in Kentwood.   The school is part of the Kentwood 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 Cole will air Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

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

Barbara Cole (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 Cole at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Cole said her favorite part of being an educator is “touching so many lives, making a difference! First grade is totally the best.  Reading skills kick in and first-graders still love their teacher!  I learn from them every day.”

Cole said that she knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was in the third grade, adding:  “It’s the love of my life!”

She has been an educator for 38 years, all with the Kentwood Public Schools and has been teaching first grade for the past 33 years. Cole said her students motivate her to do her best every day.  “Every day is a new adventure! My students – and all of their smiles – are my motivation.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Central Michigan University and master’s degree in elementary reading from Western Michigan University.

The mother of three of Cole’s former students nominated her for the award.  The nomination noted:  “She is dedicated to all her students and really does what she can to make each one successful.” As an example, the parent noted one of her children struggled with reading and staying focused in class.  Cole worked with her and the school counselor to get him the help he needed and he finished the year reading above the first-grade level.

“One amazing thing that she does is that every year she takes photos of her students during special days or events. Then, the last day of each year, each student gets a photo album of their first grade memories and a summer calendar with activities to do each day and her home address so the kids can send her things they have made or done,” the nomination said, adding that Cole also serves on the board of directors for the local student activity center and food pantry.

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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Kalkaska County Woman Wins $2 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Kalkaska County woman claimed a $2 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Nov. 8 with this $1 easy pick ticket.

A Kalkaska County woman claimed a $2 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Nov. 8 with this $1 easy pick ticket.

Monday couldn’t come fast enough for a Kalkaska County woman who was eager to visit the Michigan Lottery’s headquarters after winning the $2 million Lotto 47 jackpot Saturday night.

The lucky player matched all six winning Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday night – 05-09-16-24-37-40 – to win the $2 million jackpot. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her lucky $1 easy pick ticket at Outlaw’s Bar and Grill, located at 4556 Northeast County Road 571 in Kalkaska.

The player chose to receive her winnings in a one-time lump sum payment of more than $1.3 million. She plans to purchase a vehicle for her teenaged son, and save the remainder of her windfall.

Saturday’s drawing marked the fifth time the Lotto 47 jackpot has been won this year. On Sept. 27 an Oakland County woman won $6 million, the game’s largest jackpot of the year. Other Lotto 47 jackpot winners this year were:

  • March 19 – Oakland County Lottery Club, $5.5 million
  • May 21 – Jeff LeBar, of Manistique, $3.3 million
  • June 14 – A Macomb County man, who chose to remain anonymous, $1.3 million

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. The jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is $1 million.

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Strong Daily 4 Sales of 1-1-1-1 Expected on Tuesday, Nov.11, or 11-11

Michigan Lottery Daily 4Nov. 11 could be a big day for the Michigan Lottery’s Daily 4 players. Lottery officials expect strong player interest in playing the numbers 1-1-1-1 for both Daily 4 drawings on Tuesday, Nov. 11, or 11-11.

If 1-1-1-1 is drawn as the winning Daily 4 number on Tuesday, it would mark the second time in 2014 players have cashed in big on the number. On July 26, nearly 3,700 Lottery players won $5,000 apiece after the number was drawn. In total, the huge Daily 4 payout amounted to nearly $18.4 million.

Players who are interested in buying a Daily 4 ticket with the number 1-1-1-1 are encouraged to do so early. The number will won’t be available for purchase once the total payout liability reaches $40 million for each drawing. The number of 1-1-1-1 Daily 4 tickets available for the midday and evening drawings will vary based upon how players choose to wager.

There are five ways to play the Daily 4: straight, boxed, two-way, wheeled and 1-Off. Prize amounts vary based on the way a number is played, and on the order in which the winning numbers are drawn. Players may select a four-digit number, or choose an easy pick ticket. There are two Daily 4 drawings a day, seven days a week, at 12:59 p.m. and 7:29 p.m. Each play is $1.

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Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Veterans Day In observance of Veterans Day, the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing and all Lottery regional offices located in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw and Sterling Heights will be closed on Tuesday.

All regularly scheduled game drawings will continue on Tuesday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has partnered with may have office hours on Tuesday, however, they will not be able to process claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Wednesday at 7:45 a.m.

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