A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

MiLottery Horz logoThe Michigan Lottery reminds players to practice responsible giving this holiday season when using Lottery tickets as gifts.

All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes draw game tickets for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as the popular instant game tickets that often are given as gifts during the holidays.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people and cause them to overspend.

If a player bets more than they can afford to lose, they may have a problem. The Lottery provides a free, anonymous helpline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For confidential help, players may call 800-270-7117.

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Unwrap a Cadillac this Christmas from the Michigan Lottery

Cadillac RichesWrapping up a 2014 Cadillac CTS and putting it under the tree isn’t as difficult as it sounds thanks to the Cadillac Riches instant game from the Michigan Lottery. With just one lucky $5 Cadillac Riches ticket, it’s easy to fit a 2014 Cadillac CTS into someone’s stocking this year.

The popular Cadillac Riches instant game gives players the chance to win up to 15 times on each ticket, and offers top prizes of up to $200,000 or a 2014 Cadillac CTS. Each ticket also gives players the opportunity to enter a drawing for another chance to win a 2014 Cadillac CTS.

In November, Kathleen McGrath, of Dearborn Heights, became the first winner of a Cadillac CTS playing Cadillac Riches. 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.

The drawing for the Lansing-built Cadillac CTS will take place on Feb. 4. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2. For entries, players may enter non-winning Cadillac Rich instant ticket codes at http://www.michiganlottery.com/cadillac.

Both of the game’s $200,000 top prizes remain, along with two Cadillac CTS prizes and eight $1,000 prizes. 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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Lapeer County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Donald P. Heeke (center) poses for a photo with (left to right) brother-in-law, Cecil Stanton, sister, Elizabeth Stanton, children Hannah and Colin Heeke, Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, and wife, Laura Heeke after accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Donald P. Heeke (center) poses for a photo with (left to right) brother-in-law, Cecil Stanton, sister, Elizabeth Stanton, children Hannah and Colin Heeke, Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, and wife, Laura Heeke after accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

A Lapeer County educator known for using robotics and special projects to get his students excited about science and biology and working on projects with them on weekends has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Donald P. Heeke, is a science and biology teacher at Imlay City High School, which is part of the Imlay City Community Schools.

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 Heeke will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and Thursday evening in Detroit.

Donald P. Heeke (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting his Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery.

Donald P. Heeke (right) talks with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to accepting his 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 Heeke at the Breslin Center and presented him with the award.

Heeke said his favorite part about being an educator is “seeing that “Ah ha!” moment happen for a student.”

He added that the opportunity to help students succeed attracted him to career in education and motivates him every day.  “You do what you have to do to make sure students get what they need to succeed.  It’s what you do.”

Heeke founded and coaches a robotics team at Imlay City High School as a new way to help students learn and succeed. Since he founded the robotics team last school year, the team has competed in FIRST Robotics competitions, getting to the quarterfinals in each competition and also reaching the state finals.  At one competition, the team won the Rookie All-Star Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a first-year team, and it also won the Rookie Inspiration award at another competition.

“FIRST Robotics allows kids to take knowledge they obtain in a classroom setting about science, technology, engineering and math and put it to work in a functioning robot they create. It’s hands on real world problem solving at its best,” Heeke said.

Heeke earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan-Flint and a master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University.  He has been teaching in the Imlay City Community Schools District for the past 17 years and in his current position for two years.

His nomination for the Excellence in Education award noted: “Don is everything an educator should be and more. He puts himself into everything he teaches.  He wants to see every opportunity extended to every child.  He is kind and goes the extra mile for everyone and he gets excited about his work.  He makes learning easy and kids want to learn in his class.  He will meet with the kids on Saturdays and spend much of his summer preparing for the next school year.  And he uses a chunk of his income to provide the supplies necessary to complete projects. The kids who I have spoken with tell me that Mr. Heeke is the teacher who made a difference in their lives.”

The nomination also noted that Heeke is active in the community.  He has served as a Cub Scout leader and now is a Boy Scout committee member.

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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Viva Las Vegas! 14 Michigan Lottery Players Headed to Las Vegas for MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Game Show

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubFourteen lucky Michigan Lottery players are heading to Las Vegas to appear on the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game TV show.

Each of the lucky players will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and the opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs in each hour-long show.

The lucky players from Michigan are:

  • Keith Franklin, of Utica
  • David Gould, of Rockford
  • Krystal Hubbard, of Eastpointe
  • John M. Henneberry, of Douglas
  • Jason Laskaska, of Romulus
  • Margaret Michlitsch, of Grand Haven
  • Frank Phillips, of Portage
  • David Smith, Kentwood
  • Linda Steffes, of Wyandotte
  • Carol Sweet, of Plainwell
  • Daniel G. Torrez, of Saginaw
  • Joseph Wagner, of Milford
  • Raida Watha, of Shelby Township
  • Brian Wiewiura, of White Lake

The TV game show will be hosted by Mike and Molly star Billy Gardell and is scheduled for a February premiere. The show may be viewed in Michigan on the following stations: WKBD (Detroit), WXMI (Grand Rapids), WHTV (Lansing), WSYM (Lansing), WBSF (Flint), WGTU (Traverse City), WJMN (Marquette), and WMKG (Muskegon). Air times will vary. Players should check local listings for details.

In addition to giving players a chance to compete for $1 million on a TV game show, each $5 ticket gives players two additional chances to become a millionaire. Each time the Top Prize is won, there will be at least 10 additional $1 million winners. Once the Top Prize amount reaches $25 million, all additional prize money creates more $1 million prizes.

The next MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game second chance drawing will take place on Jan. 13. To be eligible for that drawing, entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 6. To earn entries into the second chance drawing, players collect MONOPOLY Property Sets and enter them online at www.playmmc.com.

MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game drawings take place every Friday at 11:15 p.m. MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers around the state. The game’s Top Prize currently stands at $25 million. If the Top Prize is won this week, a minimum of 18 Millionaire Club prizes will be awarded.

The MONOPOLY name and logos are trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment.  ©1935, 2014 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862.  All Rights Reserved.

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MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ Lottery Game Top Prize Reaches $25 Million; Number of Millionaire Club Prizes Continues to Grow

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubThe Top Prize in the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game has reached $25 million for Friday’s drawing. If a lucky ticket wins, it would mean a big payout for the winner, and 16 Millionaire Club winners who would each win a $1 million prize.

If Friday’s drawing doesn’t produce a Top Prize winner, the number of Millionaire Club prizes will continue to grow until the $25 million Top Prize is won.

MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB is the newest draw game offered to Michigan Lottery players. Friday’s drawing marks the fourth drawing since tickets for the new game went on sale Oct. 19. Each $5 ticket gives players three chances to become a millionaire. MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game drawings take place every Friday at 11:15 p.m.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game Top Prize starts at $15 million and can grow to $25 million. Each time the Top Prize is won, there will be at least 10 additional $1 million winners. Once the Top Prize amount reaches $25 million, all additional prize money creates more $1 million prizes, giving players more chances to become millionaires than with any other Lottery game.

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game also features a second chance game that will give lucky players a chance to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and an opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show. The game show will be hosted by Mike and Molly star Billy Gardell and is scheduled for a February premiere. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs in each hour-long show. To earn entries into the second chance drawing, players collect MONOPOLY Property Sets and enter them online at www.playmmc.com.

MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery game tickets may be purchased at the Lottery retailers around the state until 9:45 p.m. Friday.

The MONOPOLY name and logos are trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment.  ©1935, 2014 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862.  All Rights Reserved.

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