Michigan Lottery Establishes Excellence in Education Awards to Honor Outstanding Educators

Michigan Lottery Excellence in EducationThe Michigan Lottery has established the Excellence in Education Awards to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state.

One outstanding educator will be selected each week during the school year and will receive a $500 cash prize as well as a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One annual winner will be selected from the weekly winners and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

For this program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, who will present each winner with their award. In addition to the $500 cash prize and $500 grant, each winner also will receive a plaque and 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 first winner of the weekly Excellence in Education award is scheduled to be announced next week.  The news segment about the winner will air on Tuesday in Grand Rapids and in Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

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.

To nominate an outstanding public school educator, go to http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation.

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Michigan Lottery Joins National Council on Problem Gambling As Part of Ongoing Commitment to Responsible Gaming

MiLottery Horz logoThe Michigan Lottery has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling as part of its ongoing commitment to responsible gaming.

“Michigan Lottery games are designed to provide players with fun and entertainment. Each year, millions of people play our games and enjoy them responsibly,” said Jeff Holyfield, the Lottery’s director of public relations.

“For those individuals who show signs of problem gambling behavior, we believe it is our responsibility to offer information and assistance. As part of that effort, the Michigan Lottery provides $1 million each year to help fund statewide education and treatment programs for problem gambling.”

The assistance available to players includes a toll-free helpline:  800-270-7117.

Joining the council will allow the Michigan Lottery to increase its involvement in responsible gaming at a national level and support the council’s efforts.

The council is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming.  It also serves as the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families.

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Avast Me Hearties! $72 Million Mega Millions Booty Up for Grabs on International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate in Cave with TreasureTonight’s Mega Millions drawing – taking place on International Talk Like a Pirate Day – offers players the chance to win some serious booty with a $72 million jackpot up for grabs!

The $72 million treasure trove is certainly plenty to get excited about, and would mean a swashbuckling good time for the winner! With $72 million in doubloons, a pirate talking winner could buy:

  • More than 1.4 million pirate costumes
  • 8 million stuffed parrots
  • 2 million skull and crossbones pirate flags
  • 960 hand-crafted, authentic pirate ships

The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won by a Michigan player there was another notable date on the calendar: Friday the 13th. Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, defied all superstition that day and won a $66 million jackpot.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $180 million.

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The Streak Michigan Lottery Players Still Winning Fantasy 5 Jackpots at a Sizzling Rate

Winning TicketFantasy 5 players continue to win jackpots at a sizzling rate, hitting 52 jackpots since April 7. All told, Fantasy 5 jackpot winners have won more than $8 million from the Michigan Lottery during the streak.

The latest jackpot win came Tuesday evening when a St. Clair County man matched the five numbers drawn – 01-05-20-26-29 – to win $105,000. The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his ticket at JR3’s Party Store, located at 4502 South Wayne Road in Wayne.

During the incredible streak, Fantasy 5 players have won at least one jackpot each week since April 7 and have won more than two jackpots per week on average.

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

The winning ticket holders from the April 26, July 21, July 28, Aug. 3 and Sept. 14 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 21: $110,000, bought at the Meijer, located at 3610 Marketplace Circle in Rochester Hills
  • July 28: $52,500 ($105,000 split between two players), bought at the BP, 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
  • Sept. 14: $227,035, bought at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 1585 North Wixom Road in Wixom

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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Isabella County Man Cashes in on $100,000 Prize Playing Michigan Lottery’s Cashword

Winning TicketA few choice words turned into a $100,000 prize for a lucky Isabella County man playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cashword instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing to claim his $100,000 prize. He bought his ticket at the Meijer, located at 1015 East Pickard in Mount Pleasant.

Two top prizes of $100,000 and 83 $1,000 prizes remain in the popular $3 instant game.

The Lottery offers players several Cashword ticket options ranging from $2 to $10 per play. Players uncover letters in a crossword puzzle to win cash prizes.

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