Iosco County Man Wins $490,776 Playing 100X The Cash Fast Cash Game

Micheal Parnick, Jr. poses for a photo with his wife, Ashley, and son, Carter, after claiming his $490,776 jackpot.

Micheal Parnick, Jr. poses for a photo with his wife, Ashley, and son, Carter, after claiming his $490,776 jackpot.

An Iosco County man says winning a $490,776 100X The Cash Fast Cash jackpot means a fresh start for his family.

Micheal Parnicky, Jr., of Tawas City, won the big prize on a 100X The Cash Fast Cash ticket he bought at the Mobil gas station, located at 1250 South U.S. 23 in Tawas City.

“I usually play scratch off tickets, but a couple weeks ago a friend told me about Fast Cash,” said the 34-year-old Parnicky. “I started buying 100X The Cash and I’ve done pretty well. In fact, I told my wife that I had a feeling I was going to win big.

“When I was at the Mobil station on Tuesday, I bought two tickets. As soon as the clerk handed me the first one, I saw I won big. I was jumping up and down yelling: ‘I just won the jackpot!’

“After a round of high-fives, I went to my family’s restaurant to share the good news with them. It was such an amazing day!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, the player plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.

“Winning is such a tremendous feeling. We are pretty laid-back people and take things by the moment, but this will help us have a fresh start and take away stress of worrying about finances,” Parnicky said.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $1 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games also offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Lots of 50s – Each $1 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $1 up to $50 and 10 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Tic Tac Cash – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $300 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Black Jack – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $4,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 50X The Cash – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Smokin’ Hot Cash – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $7,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 100X The Cash – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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Oakland County Man Wins $100,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Mayan Legends Game Online

An Oakland County man’s bank account got a big boost after he won $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Mayan Legends game online.

“I usually play Keno online, but decided to give the Mayan Legends game a try while I was avoiding shoveling snow on Saturday,” said the 50-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I had been playing for about 10 minutes when I hit for $100,000!

“I can’t believe I actually hit such a huge prize! Honestly, I’m just in disbelief that I really won.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim the big prize. He’s planning to save his winnings.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 50 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $535 million playing games online.

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

Cynthia Richmond (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Cynthia Richmond (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

A Shiawassee County educator known for sparking creativity in her students with hands-on exercises, such as having them write a book, as part of her effort to help them advance academically and mature as individuals has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Cynthia Richmond, is a second grade teacher at Elsa Meyer Elementary School, which is part of the Corunna Public Schools.

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 Richmond will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Richmond said she was attracted to a career in education because “I love to help children and I especially wanted to make a difference for the kids who find that learning is hard. Learning was difficult for me, so I want to help the children who are like I was.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “when the children are excited about learning. I love those moments when they can’t wait to share their excitement with me. I love helping them grow and letting them know that I care about them.”

Richmond said her students motivate her to do her best. “Every day, I have the opportunity to help our children grow emotionally and educationally. I enjoy making reading books for nightly reading folders and staying late with other staff members to decorate the building for young authors day. I get to see the excitement in the students’ eyes when the see the building transformed into a theme. And it’s exciting to see them grow as readers after they work hard to do their nightly reading homework. It’s also the smiles and hugs after we decorate our Festival of Trees for the community.

“It’s important for me to make that extra effort so I reach every child social, emotionally, and academically. It is very rewarding to be part of my students’ lives outside of the classroom,” she said, adding “my family and I are part of the community.”

A former student nominated Richmond for the Excellence in Education award, saying she “has gone above and beyond teaching to provide a safe space for children who come from all walks of life, broken homes or kids that may need an escape from the outside world. Her classroom is a temple for learning and growth.

“Helping kids grow intellectually is her job, but her passion is to help them grow as people and work with them as they mature.”

Cynthia Richmond is interviewed after being presented with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

Cynthia Richmond is interviewed after being presented with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The nomination said that Richmond has brought chicken eggs into her classroom so her students could “study and monitor the process as the eggs went through incubation and hatched into chicks. This is just one of the many things she does to go above and beyond to help kids not only learn, but to have experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

With Richmond’s “young authors” program, she works with her students to help them write and publish their own books, and then read them out loud to parents and friends, the nomination said, adding that “sparking creative energy in her classroom” is important to her.

Richmond said that one of her students lost his father and “his young authors day book was an opportunity to have him write about all the special things he did with his Dad, so he would always have those memories to hold close to his heart. When he finished it, he told me he wanted to leave it by his father’s grave, so everyone could read about his great Dad. My heart hurt for him so much and I warned anyone who was about to read his book to be ready to cry.”

Richmond, whose son is a two-time cancer survivor, said her family bought a Spartan teddy bear to the funeral home to comfort him. “When it was time for him to return to school, I left him small gifts on his desk to hold onto during the day and notes of encouragement and love in his locker and on his desk. I wanted him to know that people at school cared about him and I would always be there to listen, cry with him and hold him close to my heart. I still leave notes of encouragement in his locker. No child should have to suffer the loss that my student did and any little smile or moment of happiness that I could bring to him meant the world to me.”

Richmond earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan-Flint and a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College. She has been an educator for 21 years, all with the Corunna Public Schools.

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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Double Play Gives Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47 Players a New way to Play and Win

Michigan Lottery players will have a new way to play and win Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47 prizes with the new Double Play add-on game.

Beginning Jan. 20, Double Play drawings will occur after each Lotto 47 and Fantasy 5 drawing. Another set of winning numbers will be drawn from the pool of numbers for each game, so players could match the same number in both the regular drawing and the Double Play drawing. The Double Play add-on game gives players a second chance to win with each drawing for $1 more per panel per draw.

Double Play non-jackpot prizes are doubled. The top prizes are $110,000 for Fantasy 5 and $1.5 million for Lotto 47. Players may win prizes in the regularly nightly drawing, the Double Play drawing, or both.

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.

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 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. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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

In 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 take place on Monday.

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

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

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