Inkster Woman Wins $1 Million in Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Giveaway

Fran Price poses for a photo with her husband, Dan, after claiming her $1 million prize.

Fran Price poses for a photo with her husband, Dan, after claiming her $1 million prize.

An Inkster woman fell to her knees when she got the call that she’d been selected as the winner of the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Giveaway.

“I got a call from the Lottery in early August telling me I had been selected as a finalist for the $1,000,000 Play if Again Giveaway, and the next 16 days seemed to take 16 years,” said winner, Fran Price. “We spent the $1 million all day, every day while we waited to find out if we won.”

The next call the 55-year-old Price received from the Lottery was life changing.

“When I saw the number on my cell phone, I knew I had won,” said Price. “I was at work and tried to stand up from my desk but my knees buckled and I fell to the floor. I couldn’t stop bawling while the woman from the Lottery told me the good news.

“I sent my husband a text that said ‘BINGO BABY’ to let him know our lives were going to change.”

Price and her husband, Dan, visited Lottery headquarters today to claim the big prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $735,000 rather than an annuity.

With her winnings, Price plans to pay off her house, buy a new car, take a trip in the spring, and then invest the rest.

“This came at the perfect time for us. We’ve had some financial trouble recently, and this gives us so much relief to know we can pay our bills and have some cushion that will help us for years to come,” said Price.

Players redeemed Players Club points for entries into the drawing. Each entry for the $1,000,000 Play It Again drawing required 10 Players Club points and about 1.2 million entries were submitted. There was no limit on the number of entries that each player could submit.

New for 2016, the Lottery is giving players a chance to win a $500 instantly in a daily giveaway. The new $500-A-Day-Giveaway replaces the Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play It Again giveaway. Each entry into the $500-A-Day-Giveaway will require 10 Players Club points. There is no limit on the number of entries players may have in each daily drawing. Players may enter and win the $500-A-Day-Giveaway multiple times.

Entries for each $500-A-Day-Giveaway drawing will be accepted from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily. A random drawing to determine the daily winner will be conducted after the entry period closes.

The Players Club is a free program that gives Lottery players the chance to accumulate points by entering codes from non-winning instant, pull tab, draw game tickets, and through online game play. Points may be redeemed for entries into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise, including Lottery free-play coupons.

Players may join the Players Club by visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.

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Michigan Lottery Issues Request for Proposals for Web and Mobile Applications

Michigan LotteryThe Michigan Lottery has issued a request for proposal to develop and maintain Lottery web and mobile applications.

In an effort to continue providing a first-class online experience for players, the Lottery is seeking a vendor to help develop a faster mobile application that is easier to use. The Lottery expects an updated mobile application will offer players notifications, enhanced loyalty features and more.

Vendors interested in submitting a proposal should visit http://bit.ly/RFP_APP. The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 26, 2016

The Lottery’s request for proposals calls for an initial contract of four years, with the option of up to four annual renewals.

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Lucky Lady: Clare County Woman Wins Fantasy 5 Jackpot, Again

08.25.16 Fantasy 5 08.24.16 Draw $559,087 Anonymous Clare CountyLuck struck again for a Clare County woman who won a Fantasy 5 jackpot for the second time in two years.

The lucky woman, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the five Fantasy 5 number drawn on Wednesday – 03-11-29-32-37 – to win the game’s $559,087 jackpot. She bought her winning ticket at the Next Door Store, located at 493 East Main Street in Farwell.

On Sept. 8, 2014, the lucky player matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn – 09-16-21-29-31 – to win a $336,422 jackpot. She bought that winning ticket at the Red’s Oakridge Party Store, located at 2405 West Ludington Drive in Farwell.

“It’s unbelievable to win the Fantasy 5 jackpot for a second time,” said the player. “I was talking to a friend on the phone, when the numbers were displayed on TV. When I realized I had matched all five numbers, I just hung the phone up and began calling for my husband to come to the living room.

“He thought something was wrong by the sound of my voice. When he walked into the room, I was standing right in front of the TV looking at my ticket. He knew right away why I had called for him and he said ‘You did not win Fantasy 5 again!’”

After a lot of celebrating and laughter, the winner and her husband tried to get some sleep, but couldn’t.

“For some, reason even though we were celebrating, it still felt like a dream,” said the player. “It wasn’t until I saw where the winning ticket was purchased that it really sank in that I had won the jackpot again.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters today with her husband to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to take her husband on a special trip for their 20th anniversary in the spring and then save the remainder.

“I’ve been really, really lucky, there is no doubt about it,” said the player. “The first jackpot helped us buy a new home and vehicles and just live a little more comfortably and I’m going to spend this one wisely too.”

Describe winning two big jackpots: “Speechless, I’m just speechless.”

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Michigan Lottery Joins the Fun This Weekend at the Michigan International Speedway

Michigan International Speedway MISThe Michigan Lottery will join the fun at this weekend’s NASCAR race at the Michigan International Speedway, providing players opportunities to win cash prizes and Lottery merchandise!

NASCAR fans attending the Pure Michigan 400 will have a chance to visit the Lottery’s mobile outlet to buy Lottery tickets and play “spin-to-win” on the Lottery prize wheel. Race fans also may sign up for a chance to become a finalist to win a V.I.P Race Experience.

To become one of five finalists, players may register at the Lottery mobile outlet. The finalists will be selected and announced at the Lottery’s display about 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The V.I.P Race Experience grand prize package includes: a pace car ride, four passes to the Champions Club, Victory Lane access for four, and prize packages from the Michigan International Speedway and the Lottery.

The Lottery’s mobile outlet will be parked in the New Holland Fan Plaza.

Race fans also will have another chance to win just by sitting in their seats! A “Lucky Row” in the racetrack grandstands will be selected at random, and each fan in that lucky row will receive a free Lottery ticket!

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Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $3 Million

Lotto 47 with EZMatchThere’s a $3 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery up for grabs tonight. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

If a player wins tonight’s Lotto 47 jackpot, it would mark the ninth time the game’s jackpot has been won in 2016. Lotto 47 jackpot winners have won more than $14.1 million in 2016

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 that 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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