Jackson County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Jackson County educator known as “one of the most sincere and inspirational teachers you will ever meet” has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kristen Rice, is a second-grade teacher at Bean Elementary. The school is part of the Western School District.

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 $1,500 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, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The news segment featuring Rice will air this evening.

Rice said she knew she wanted to be a teacher in second grade.

“I have wanted to be a teacher since second grade. My wonderful elementary teachers inspired me with the warm, caring environment they created in the classroom.”

She said sharing her love of reading is her favorite part of being an educator.

“I enjoy reading to my students and love hearing them read to me! I love watching the reading progress they make as the school year progresses! I love to see them engaged in a good book!”

A parent of a former student nominated Rice for the award. The nomination cited her sincerity and the genuine interest she takes in each student.

“Mrs. Rice is one of the most sincere and inspirational teachers you will ever meet. Mrs. Rice takes a genuine interest in each student and his or her family, making each one feel truly cared for and invested in. Her heart and passion for students are unparalleled, and I am beyond grateful that my daughter has had the privilege to be a part of her classroom.”

Rice earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Spring Arbor University. She has been an educator for 21 years, 17 with the Western School District.

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 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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Genesee County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Red Hot Millions Instant Game

A Genesee County man felt many emotions after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Red Hot Millions instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 4141 West Vienna Road in Clio. Clio is about 20 miles north of Flint.

“I have been pretty lucky on the Red Hot Millions game, so I’ve continued playing it,” said the 50-year-old player. “I started scratching the ticket and saw the numbers ‘09’ and ‘19’ in the Hot Numbers section and thought: ‘I am going to win big on this ticket,’ because those are my lucky numbers.

“When I revealed a ‘19’ and ‘$1MIL’ symbol, I freaked out! My wife was at work, so I started driving to her office, but had to pull over to calm down because I was so worked up.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount.

With his winnings, he plans to purchase a new home and a new truck.

“I have so many emotions about winning $1 million, but relief is the biggest one. We can finally do the things we have been wanting to do,” said the player.

Players have won more than $32 million playing Red Hot Millions which launched in March. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $13 million in prizes remain, including one $1 million top prize and 30 $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

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Macomb County Man Wins $4 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond 7’s Instant Game

Taking a chance on the Michigan Lottery’s new Diamond 7’s game paid off for a Macomb County man when he won a $4 million top prize.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at 18-Dequindre Convenience, located at 40980 Dequindre Road in Sterling Heights.

“I like to play a variety of instant games and decided on the Diamond 7’s game while I was at the store because it’s newer,” said the 33-year-old player. “I scanned the ticket and got a message to file a claim, so I took it home to have a family member scan it on their Lottery app.

“One of my family members looked it over and told me I’d won $500. Once we scanned it on the app and saw it was a $4 million winning ticket, we were shocked. It turned into a party!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments totaling $4 million. He plans to purchase a home and then save the remainder.

“I still can’t describe how it feels to win,” said the player. “It was such a big surprise for me and my family.”

Players have won more than $23 million playing Diamond 7’s, which launched in August. Each $30 ticket offered players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $128 million in prizes remain, including two $4 million top prizes, 33 $15,000 prizes, and 183 $5,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

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Ionia County Woman Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Mystery Prize Cashword Instant Game

What an Ionia County woman thought was a $100 prize, turned out to be a $300,000 Mystery Prize Cashword top prize.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at Cork and Bottle Liquor, located at 324 South Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.

“I usually play a Cashword ticket every day,” said the player. “I bought my daily ticket on the way home from work and scratched it when I got home. I thought I’d won $100, but I had my husband scan it on the Lottery app to be sure. When he told me it was a $300,000 winner, we were completely shocked!”

The lucky 68-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.

“It feels unbelievable to win a $300,000 prize. It still hasn’t sunk in,” the player said.

Players have won more than $30 million playing Mystery Prize Cashword, which launched in December 2020. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $41 million in prizes remain, including three $300,000 top-prizes and 177 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

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Detroit Man Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize

A Detroit man is happy he won $100,000 playing Powerball but can’t help but wonder “what if” knowing he missed the jackpot by just one number.

Freddie Purry, 65, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 35-36-51-55-61 PB: 26 – in the Aug. 18 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied to $100,000. He bought his winning ticket at Freeway Beverage Liquor, located at 2568 Dix Highway in Lincoln Park.

“I had been on a trip and had a stack of tickets to check when I got home,” said Purry. “I was going through them one-by-one and when I scanned this ticket it stopped me in my tracks!

“It is just crazy that I won, I can barely believe it. I’m so thrilled to win $100,000, but I can’t help but think about missing the jackpot by one number. A whole lot of what ifs have been running through my mind!”

Purry visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to take care of some home improvements and then save the remainder.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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