Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Sold in Warren; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

Lucky For LifeA Michigan Lottery player has a lifetime of cash coming to their way after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket bought at the Meijer store, located at 29505 Mound Road in Warren matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 07-14-21-32-33 – to win the big prize. This is the seventh time that a Michigan winner has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prize:

  • Annual payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

Michigan players have won about $10 million so far playing Lucky For Life, including the seven $25,000 a year for life winners, and 53 $5,000 winners. Each Lucky For Life drawing is producing about 14,000 winners on average in Michigan.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Lucky For Life tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Lewiston Woman Wins $240,206 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

Cathy Newell poses for a photo with her son, Justin, after collecting a $240,206 Fantasy 5 jackpot at Lottery headquarters.

Cathy Newell poses for a photo with her son, Justin, after collecting a $240,206 Fantasy 5 jackpot at Lottery headquarters.

Work will never be the same for a lucky woman from Lewiston who won a $240,206 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game.

Cathy Newell matched the five numbers drawn in Monday’s Fantasy 5 drawing – 06-10-24-29-32 – to win the big prize. She bought her ticket at the Lewiston Marathon gas station, located at 5021 County Road 612 in Lewiston. Lewiston is located about 25 miles southeast of Gaylord in Montmorency County.

“When I saw that the Fantasy 5 jackpot had climbed to over $225,000, I decided to buy a ticket,” said Newell. “I have twin boys, so I played their birthday (6) and jersey numbers from the sports they played in high school (10-24-29-32).”

When Newell, who has worked at the Lewiston Marathon for 33 years, got to work Tuesday morning, she scanned her ticket and got the surprise of a lifetime: she had won a $240,206 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

“I’ve scanned thousands of tickets for players, and when I saw a message saying to contact the Lottery I knew something was off,” said Newell. “I must have scanned it five times just to make sure what I was seeing was right.

Cathy Newell's jackpot winning Fantasy 5 ticket.

Cathy Newell’s jackpot winning Fantasy 5 ticket.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to win the Lottery. I keep telling my family that I can’t believe I won, and I keep replaying the moment when I scanned the ticket over and over again in my head.”

The news of Newell’s big win spread quickly around the small town of Lewiston, and she’s noticed an increase in Lottery customers at the Marathon station.

“Everyone is so happy for me,” said Newell. “Some people have come in to the store and asked for a good luck hug, or have asked for me to touch their tickets for good luck.”

Newell plans to pay off her house, buy a new car, take a trip to Florida, and help some family members with her winnings.

“Winning definitely takes some pressure off of me and my family. It will be nice to be able to help some of my family members who are in need,” Newell said.

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 that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $105,000.

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Woman Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize with Ticket Bought in Detroit

11.16.15 Mega Millions 10.02.15 Draw Annie Toyer Lucas CountyA Lucas County, Ohio, woman may start buying more of her Mega Millions tickets in Michigan after winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Annie Toyer bought her winning ticket while visiting her mother in Detroit. Her Easy Pick ticket matched the five Mega Millions white balls drawn on Oct. 2 – 04-14-29-31-47 – to win $1 million. She bought her winning ticket at the Gratiot Fairmont Market, located at 14999 Gratiot Avenue in Detroit.

“I bought the ticket while I was in Detroit caring for my mother,” explained Toyer. “When I got back to Ohio, I put the ticket on my dresser and forgot about it.”

It wasn’t until Toyer made another trip to Detroit and stopped at the Gratiot Fairmont Market that she remembered she hadn’t checked to see if her ticket was a winner.

“I was buying another Lottery ticket at the Gratiot Fairmont Market, and I saw a sign that said the store had sold a $1 million Mega Millions winner,” said Toyer. “As soon as I got home, I checked my ticket. When I saw I had a huge win, I called my husband. He said: ‘I’m married to a millionaire!’”

Toyer visited Lottery headquarters on Monday with her husband to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to complete some home repairs, buy a new car, and save the remainder.

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. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Detroit Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson (second from left) poses for a photo with his wife, Lisa (second from right), and friends Rev. Jimmy Wafer, and his wife, Angela, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson (second from left) poses for a photo with his wife, Lisa (second from right), and friends Rev. Jimmy Wafer, and his wife, Angela, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

A Detroit educator known for his leadership in implementing an African-centered curriculum designed to help African-American students understand their heritage and how they can incorporate it into their lives for future success has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The winner, Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson, is the principal of the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy in Detroit.  The pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academy, which is the first public school program in the nation to offer students an African-centered curriculum.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 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 will 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 news segment featuring Robinson 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 Robinson at the Breslin Center and presented him with the award.

Robinson said his favorite part of being an educator is “watching the development of young minds and how that development leads to children becoming productive members of society.”

Robinson has been an educator for 24 years, 23 of them with the Detroit Public Schools. He has been the principal of the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy for the past six years. He said the example of the late Dr. Clifford Watson led him to pursue an education career. Watson, who founded the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy, “was a very impactful in mentoring and modeling educational philosophy and school pedagogy,” Robinson said.

Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

He said his students motivate him to do his best each day.  “Children today need so many things and deserve educators who realize what those things are and are committed to doing what is needed for them to be successful and productive,” he said. “Children deserve educators who realize that part of their work is about introducing students to all of the wondrous possibilities for their lives.”

A parent and grandparent of former students at the academy nominated Robinson for the Excellence in Education award.  The nomination cited his commitment to the African-centered curriculum and the academy’s record of sending large numbers of students on to Detroit’s top high schools.

The nomination noted Robinson’s statements in a recent article that “African-centered education is about teaching children to have full pride in who they are, their culture, their heritage, and also to ensure that culture and heritage is respected, not trampled or walked over or found to be insignificant.

“African-Americans have some of the richest histories and cultures of anyone in the world.  We want our students to know that they descend from a line of kings and queens,” Robinson went on to say. “It’s only when students know where they came from that they are able to know where they can go from here. We’re teaching our children to have full pride in their heritage, to learn and incorporate that heritage into who they are, and into the adults they will become. And most importantly, once they receive an education, they are duty-bound to come back and give back.”

Robinson earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and master of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy.  He also earned a doctorate in African-American and African studies from Michigan State University.

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at or through the websites of the Lottery’s media partner stations.

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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Livonia Woman Wins $1.3 Million Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle Jackpot

11.13.15 Veterans Day 5050 Raffle Draw 11.12.15 Anonymous Wayne CountyThe shock of winning a $1.3 million jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle hasn’t worn off for a Livonia woman.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the huge prize when her Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle number – 0182905 – was drawn Thursday. Her winning ticket was bought at the Wine Castle, located at 33415 7 Mile Road in Livonia.

“This still doesn’t even seem real,” said the player. “My husband and I have played the Lottery for years, but you never really expect to win anything like this.

“My husband actually found out we had won before I did. He had the ticket with him at work and checked for the numbers online. When he saw the winning ticket was purchased at the Wine Castle in Livonia, he called me and told me to check online to verify what he was seeing.”

A computer problem made for a few tense moments while the player tried to get online to visit the Lottery’s website.

“Our power went out the night before the drawing and I couldn’t get our computer to turn on,” said the player. “Once I finally got to the website, I started yelling and my sons came rushing into the room asking what was wrong. All I could say is: ‘We won $1 million dollars!’”

Once her husband returned home from work with her winning ticket, the player put it in a special hiding spot with the family’s other valuables. Along with her husband, she visited Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim the jackpot.

With her winnings, the player plans to buy a bigger house so that she can take care of her dad, and pay for her sons’ college educations.

“We keep checking the numbers to make sure this isn’t a dream that we are going to wake up from,” said the player. “Now that we’re in Lansing and we’ve gotten the check it’s starting to sink in, but I still keep wondering: ‘Is this really happening to us?’

“I’m so thankful and blessed to have won this prize and it’s going to help me take care of my parents and sons for a longtime to come,” she said.

The Lottery teamed up with the National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) for the Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle. A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to NGAM. NGAM will receive more than $75,000 to support its efforts to help Michigan veterans and their families.

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