Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $208 Million

Michigan Lottery PowerballWith the Powerball jackpot reaching $208 million for Wednesday’s drawing, dreams of becoming a multi-millionaire are alive and well for Michigan Lottery players!

Wednesday’s $208 million jackpot is the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in the past 12 months. In February 2014, a California man won a $425.3 million jackpot. The cash option for Wednesday’s jackpot is about $143 million.

Powerball was a lucrative game for Michigan Lottery players in 2014. Four players won the game’s $1 million prize, including three winners in a four-day span in February.

If a Michigan player win’s Wednesday’s $208 million jackpot, it would be the second-largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for Wednesday’s drawing. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Powerball tickets until 9:45 p.m.

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 drawing may be watched live on the Lottery’s network of stations: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC). Additionally, the drawing may be watched online at: www.powerballlive.com/powerball.

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St. Joseph County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Jan Summey (second from right) poses for a photo with her parents, Allen and Sandy Hoopingarner, and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Jan Summey (second from right) poses for a photo with her parents, Allen and Sandy Hoopingarner, and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo after accepting her Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A St. Joseph County educator known for using hands on experiences to help students learn about science and for her support and leadership of a variety of school programs has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jan Summey, is a science teacher at the Burr Oak Middle School, which is part of the Burr Oak 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 Summey will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

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

Jan Summey (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 Summey at the Breslin Center and presented her with the award.

Summey said she was attracted to a career in education because it offered opportunities for “working with kids and coaching” and her favorite parts of being an educator are “helping kids and developing relationships with them that are a positive and encouraging influence in their lives.”

Summey said she’s inspired to do her best each day in the classroom by “my students and the people I work with. The kids are why I go to work. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Summey has been an educator for 22 years, all with the Burr Oak Community Schools.  She attended Glen Oaks Community College and Western Michigan University after graduating from Burr Oak High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class.

She credited her parents, Allen and Sandy Hoopingarner, for being a large influence in her life and instilling in her the values that continue to guide her life.  She also credited her experience with the Burr Oak schools for helping her to be successful.

“Coming from a small school does not keep you from being successful and making a difference.  If anything, I feel that the attention and support systems that a small school can provide save many children who might not otherwise make it to graduation,” she said.  “We’re a small school with a big heart and rally around those who need us both in the classroom and out.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Summey noted that she often uses her own money to help students develop their science fair projects. “She attends every sporting event and is a junior varsity volleyball coach.  She volunteers a lot of her time to help with numerous activities and events at the schools, such as fundraisers and serving as a class adviser.  She is the favorite teacher of many of the students and former students frequently come back to see her and thank her. She is respected by her co-workers and always puts students first,” the nomination said.

Summey said she planned to use her award money to buy science materials for her classes and to provide resources to help students create their science fair projects.

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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Weekend Brings Big Wins for Michigan Lottery Players

Lotto 47 with EZMatchTwo lucky Michigan Lottery players became millionaires on Saturday after winning big prizes in the Lotto 47 and Powerball games.

A lucky player won the $3.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot on Saturday after matching the six winning numbers drawn: 04-06-16-26-33-36. The winning ticket was bought at the Pellston General Store, located at 45 North U.S. 31 in Pellston.

Saturday’s big win marks the first time the Lotto 47 jackpot was won in 2015. The game’s last jackpot winner came on Nov. 8, 2014 when a Kalkaska County woman won $2 million.

Michigan Lottery PowerballA Powerball player also hit it big on Saturday. While the Powerball jackpot was not won, five lucky players did win the game’s $1 million prize, including one Michigan player. To win $1 million, players had to match the first five numbers drawn: 15-16-23-27-36.

The lucky player bought the winning ticket at Zerka’s Party Store, located at 134 West Main Street in Stanton.

Each winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prizes must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Lotto 47 and Powerball 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 and 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.

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 drawing may be watched live on the Lottery’s network of stations: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC). Additionally, the drawing may be watched online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $208 million.

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Michigan Lottery Ticket Leads to Big Surprise for Monroe County Woman

Winning Surprise Package TicketA Monroe County woman got the surprise of a lifetime during the holidays when she won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Surprise Package instant game.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her lucky ticket at the Citgo gas station, located at 341 County Street in Milan, while doing some holiday shopping on Nov. 28, 2014, the day after Thanksgiving.

The lucky woman visited Lottery headquarters this week with her crumpled up ticket to collect her big prize. She explained that the ticket was crumpled because she had slept with it in her hand the night she scratched the ticket. With her winnings, she plans to help pay for her children’s education and save the remainder for her retirement.

Surprise Package was one of four holiday themed instant games released last year. The $5 game gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 to $300,000. One $300,000 top prize, as well as five $1,000 prizes remain in the game.

Lottery instant game tickets may be purchased at retailers across the state.

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Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. DayIn observance of Martin Luther King Jr. 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 Monday.

All regularly scheduled drawings will continue on Monday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has partnered with may have office hours on Monday, however, they won’t be able to process a claim, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Tuesday at 7:45 am.

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