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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Wayne County Woman Claims $204,954 Fantasy 5 Jackpot; Only Two Drawings Remain to Keep Fantasy 5 Hot Streak Alive

A Wayne County woman claimed a $204,954 Fantasy 5 jackpot from Sept. 25 with this $5 ticket.

A Wayne County woman claimed a $204,954 Fantasy 5 jackpot from Sept. 25 with this $5 ticket.

Winning was twice as nice for a Wayne County woman who won a $204,954 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game, plus a $100 prize on the same ticket.

The Dearborn Heights player, who chose to remain anonymous, won her jackpot in the Sept. 25 Fantasy 5 drawing by matching the five winning numbers drawn: 05-06-14-17-18. She won an additional $100 on the same $5 ticket by matching four of the winning numbers drawn. She bought her winning ticket at Mike’s Party Store, located at 6235 North Telegraph Road in Dearborn Heights.

Fantasy 5 players have been on an incredible hot streak since early April. However, that streak will end this week if the jackpot isn’t won tonight or Saturday. The last Fantasy 5 jackpot win came on Oct. 4.

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, players have won more than $8.8 million in Fantasy 5 jackpot prizes during the streak.

On Aug. 29, three lucky players split a $731,607 Fantasy 5 jackpot, the largest prize won during the streak and so far in 2014.

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

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. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $199,000.

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The $6 Million Woman: Oakland County Player Claims Lotto 47 Jackpot

An Oakland County woman claimed a $6 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Sept. 27 with this $1 easy pick ticket.

An Oakland County woman claimed a $6 million Lotto 47 jackpot from Sept. 27 with this $1 easy pick ticket.

An Oakland County woman is the latest Lotto 47 multi-millionaire after claiming a $6 million jackpot at Michigan Lottery headquarters today.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big jackpot by matching the six winning Lotto 47 numbers drawn on Sept. 27: 04-17-32-34-41-47. She bought her $1 easy pick winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 27375 West 11 Mile Road in Southfield.

The player learned she was the jackpot winner only a few days ago. She made another stop at 7-Eleven to purchase tickets for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing and got a big surprise when she had the clerk check her Lotto 47 ticket. She chose to receive her winnings in a one-time lump sum payment of more than $3.8 million.

The Sept. 27 drawing marked the fourth time that the Lotto 47 jackpot has been won this year. At $6 million, it also was the largest jackpot won in 2014. Other Lotto 47 jackpot winners this year were:

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 $1.15 million.

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Lucky Lotto 47 Winner Urged to Come Forward and Claim $6 Million Prize

Lotto 47 with EZMatchMichigan Lottery players who bought a Lotto 47 ticket for the Sept. 27 drawing should check their tickets to see if they are a multi-millionaire!

Lottery officials are waiting for a lucky ticket holder to come forward and claim the $6 million Lotto 47 jackpot won in the Sept. 27 drawing. One ticket matched the six winning numbers drawn: 04-17-32-34-41-47. The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven, located at 27375 West 11 Mile Road in Southfield.

The Sept. 27 drawing marked the fourth time the Lotto 47 jackpot was won this year. At $6 million, it also was the largest jackpot won in 2014. Other Lotto 47 jackpot winners this year were:

The winning ticket holder should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Lotto 47 are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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 tonight’s drawing is $1.1 million.

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