Michigan Lottery Warns Public to Be Aware of Prize Scams

The Michigan Lottery is warning the public to be aware of scam artists telling people they’ve won a big lottery prize but need to pay a fee to collect it.

The Michigan Lottery processes all prize claims for free, and players must have a valid winning ticket to claim a prize. If you haven’t bought a Lottery ticket or played a Lottery game, there’s no way you could win a prize.

To check if a lottery prize, offer, or promotion is legitimate, members of the public may contact the Lottery’s Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2, or via email at onlinehelp@michiganlottery.com.

The lottery prize scam surfaces from time to time and has been known to pop up around the holidays.

The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email or phone call to inform them that they’ve won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee to collect the prize. If the person agrees, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier’s check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even arranges a meeting to get the money in cash.

In some cases, after getting money from the victim, the scam artist comes back asking for more for unexpected processing costs or fees or uses some other excuse to try to get more money from the victim.

Unfortunately, the more money the victim supplies, the longer the scam will continue.

If you believe you have been the victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind 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 tickets for games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky For Life, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays. For more information about the Lottery’s responsible giving campaign, visit: www.milotteryconnect.com/holiday-responsible-giving.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people, and it is best to avoid gaming activities when stressed. The Lottery reminds players: knowing your limits is always the best bet. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline is available to provide free, one-on-one support for players who may have a problem. For confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, players may call 1-800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

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Wayne County Man Claims Share of $540,374 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

A Wayne County man almost fainted after winning a $173,458 Fantasy 5 prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Michael Kelly, of Canton, was one of the three lucky winners who matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Nov. 13 drawing to split the $540,374 jackpot: 02-03-27-29-35. Kelly bought his winning ticket at the Plymouth Super Center located at 400 Ann Arbor Road West in Plymouth. Each winner will receive $173,458 The other two winning tickets were purchased at:

  • The Meijer store, located at 15055 Hall Road in Utica.
  • The Keg & Wine Party Shoppe, located at 15590 Beech Daly Road in Redford.

“I play the Fantasy 5 game all the time, but never thought I would win a jackpot prize,” said the 81-year-old Kelly. “I checked my numbers the morning after the drawing and when I saw I’d matched all five, I almost fainted! I couldn’t stop looking the ticket over thinking I was missing something.”

Kelly recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to share with family and then save the remainder.

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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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.

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

An Oakland County educator known for her passion for science and creating a caring environment for students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Heather Deddeh, is a sixth and seventh grade science teacher at Clifford Smart Middle School. The school is part of the Walled Lake 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 Deddeh will air this evening.

Deddeh said the opportunity to share her love of science led her to a career as an educator.

“What attracted me to a career in education was the opportunity to share my love of science with students with the hope of fueling a curiosity that keeps them interested in the sciences.”

Deddeh said seeing her students grow is her favorite part of being an educator.

“My students are the driving force that keeps me going. They continually inspire and challenge me to be a better teacher. I have been working with middle schoolers for 22 years and I just cannot see myself with any other age group. Middle schoolers have so much energy and at times a bit of attitude, but that is what I find endearing about them. They challenge me to make science relevant and meaningful to them. In return, they give their best effort and I get to see them grow into confident students.”

A colleague nominated Deddeh for the award. The nomination cited her passion for science and the caring environment she creates for her students.

“Heather is a passionate science teacher who is dearly loved by her students and her colleagues. Her classroom is a caring environment where students are excited to learn.

Heather has developed a tremendous number of science lesson planners that she has shared with the teachers around the district. Her lesson planners organize the learning material for the students and give space for the students to record their thoughts, predictions, models, notes, and lesson summaries as they explore. All of her work is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Mi-Star. She allows students to explore concepts and develop their understanding to answer a big question at the end of each unit. As the unit progresses, she guides the learning, through her questions and future explorations. Each lesson is carefully planned to help the students grasp a concept. Each concept unlocks information that will allow the students to address the final big unit question.”

Deddeh earned bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and Oakland University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. She has been an educator for 22 years, all with the Walled Lake 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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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Bought in Canton; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

A Michigan Lottery player is looking forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket bought at the Canton Mini Mart, located at 42421 Cherry Hill Road in Canton matched the five white balls drawn Saturday night – 02-06-07-11-19 – to win the big prize. This is the 12th time a Michigan Lottery player has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky for Life game this year.

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

  • Annual $25,000 payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2 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. Drawings take place at 10:38 p.m. seven days-a-week. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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