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

Trevor Szafranski poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Trevor Szafranski poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Saginaw County educator known for finding new ways to excite and challenge his students and for being a leader in incorporating technology into his classroom and school has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Trevor Szafranski, is a fifth grade and middle school technology coach at R.B. Havens Elementary School in Saginaw.  The school is part of the Swan Valley 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 segment featuring Szafranski will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Szafranski said his favorite part of being an educator is helping students.  “I love it when I work with a troubled student or one who is at a crossroads in their life and I see my messages get through and change them,” he said.

He said he chose to pursue a career in education because of “I believe the most important thing you can do in life is make a significant positive impact on the life of another.  Education allows me the opportunity to do just that.”

Szafranski said his personal commitment to excel motivates him to do his best every day. “I only have one life.  Why spend it pursuing ‘average’ or just ‘good?’ I believe in using every opportunity to be the very best you and setting that example for youth around me.”

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

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

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Szafranski described him as “a creative and passionate individual who is constantly looking for innovative methods to excite and challenge his students. He is also at the forefront of education in piloting new teaching methodologies.

“One example is his classroom which he has transformed into a stimulating sanctuary where students with various needs can excel. Trevor recognized years ago that the traditional rows of desks were too restrictive and uncomfortable for students which in turn affected attention span and retention. His room offers bean bag chairs, futons, stand-up stations and peddling devices so students can keep active, while learning. This concept is called ‘alternative seating’ and it has now been adopted by other educators across the nation,” the nomination said.

“A second example is he offers interesting contests for various learning units to challenge students in a fun environment so they reach their full learning potential and rewards students for their efforts. This concept is now called ‘gamification’ and it is being presented at national education seminars.

“He also heads up the technology programs in his building to ensure the use of new technology is used as an adjunct to learning and recognizes students now embrace technology unlike previous generations. Walk into Trevor’s room and the learning environment attests to his passion and vision. Trevor’s methods and ideas are definitely producing results,” the nomination said, noting the statewide testing scores for his students have been the highest in the county for three years in a row.

Szafranski earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration.  He has been an educator for 14 years, all with the Swan Valley School District.

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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Winning Lucky For Life Tickets Sold in Clarkston and Ypsilanti; Each Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

For the fifth time in 2018, Michigan Lottery players are waking up to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

Two lucky players matched the five white balls drawn Monday night – 11-15-32-33-40 – to win the big prizes. The winning tickets were bought at the 7-Eleven, located at 7743 Sashabaw in Clarkston, and the Shell gas station, located at 244 Joe Hall Drive in Ypsilanti.

The lucky winners have two choices to collect the big prizes:

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

The winners should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prizes. The prizes 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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Michigan Lottery Contributes Record $924.1 Million To School Aid Fund in 2017, Boosting Total Contributions to More Than $21 Billion

For the third year in a row, the Michigan Lottery has provided a record contribution – $924.1 million – to the School Aid Fund, boosting its total support for public education since 1972 to more than $21 billion.

In the previous two record years, the Lottery contributed $888.9 million (FY2106) and $795.5 million (FY2015).  The record contributions for the three years total $2.6 billion, about 12 percent of the $21.4 billion that the Lottery has provided for Michigan schools in its 45-year history.

The Michigan Lottery set several other major records in 2017 as it remained the fastest-growing lottery in the nation:

  • $3.3 billion in player purchases, eclipsing the previous mark of $3.1 billion from 2016
  • Instant game purchases hit $1.3 billion, the third year in a row they have topped $1 billion and breaking the 2016 record of $1.1 billion
  • Players won more than $2 billion in prizes for the first time after winning a record $1.9 billion in 2016.
  • Lottery retailers, many of them small, family owned businesses, earned $249.2 million in commissions, an increase of nearly 8 percent from the previous record commissions of $231.7 million from 2016.

The Michigan Lottery’s record performance in 2017 was based primarily on a 16 percent surge in purchases for its instant games, the introduction of the popular Fast Cash family of games, a double-digit boost in Lotto 47 purchases from a jackpot run that reached $22.6 million, and continued strong growth from its online games.

Commissioner Aric Nesbitt said the 2017 results reflect the Lottery’s strategy of using continuous improvement and innovation to remain competitive in the entertainment marketplace.

“The Michigan Lottery team embraces its mission of providing resources to public education and we’re proud that we provided a record $924.1 million for schools in 2017. That works out to more than $2.5 million per day for education,” Nesbitt said, adding that the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers provide the foundation for its ongoing success.

“Our team and the retailers already are working on the challenge of providing more funds for public education in 2018.  To do that, we’re going to continue to implement our strategy of offering players a variety of entertainment options and games that are fun and exciting to play.”

Nesbitt said the 2017 highlights for the Lottery included recertification of its responsible gaming program for online players by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and Responsible Gaming Verification of its overall responsible gaming program through the NCPG and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

For each dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in 2017 approximately:

  • 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund
  • 60 cents went to prizes for players
  • 9 cents went to commissions for vendors and retailers, many of them family-owned businesses
  • 3 cents supported the Lottery’s ongoing operations and administrative costs

Under state law, all net proceeds from Michigan Lottery games go to the state School Aid Fund.  The Lottery contributions comprise about 7.5 percent of the fund.

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Monroe County Man Wins $2 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Multiplier Spectacular Instant Game

A Monroe County man couldn’t believe his eye after scratching off a $2 million winning Multiplier Spectacular instant game ticket from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Lightning Quick Gas N Go, located at 640 Saline Street in Petersburg.

“I scratched the ticket at home and couldn’t really believe what I was seeing,” said the player. “I called for my wife to come read the ticket and when she saw it, her eyes lit up so I knew we were winners!”

The lucky player set the ticket aside for about a month while developed a plan, then claimed the prize. The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million, rather than an annuity payments for the full amount.

“I did a lot of reading about how to be wise with this money,” said the 56-year-old player. “We decided that we’ll invest it in to a retirement account and maybe retire a little earlier than we’d planned.

“It’s an awesome feeling to win. You never think this is going to happen to you, and it’s amazing when it does.”

Players have won nearly $53 million playing Multiplier Spectacular, which launched in April 2017. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $45 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes, 25 $5,000 prizes, and 197 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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Genesee County Man Wins $100,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Multiplier Max Out Game Online

A Genesee County man was passing time at home on a Friday night when he won $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Multiplier Max Out game online.

“I was playing online and when I won, I shouted ‘No way! I think I just won $100,000!’” said Matt Goss, of Flushing. “I had to look at my phone a few times and I even took a screenshot to make sure it was real.

“After I won, I played a little more and won another $7,500 on a Keno game!”

The 38-year-old Goss said he enjoys playing online because of the convenience it offers.

“It’s nice to be able to play at home and not have to go out for entertainment,” said Goss. “I like the games that have the bonuses and I like playing Mega Millions and Powerball online because when you win, the money is deposited automatically into your Lottery account.”

Goss recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his $100,000 prize. He plans to invest the money in his construction business.

“Winning $100,000 online was a great experience, and it will be nice to have the extra money to invest in my business,” Goss said.

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 40 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 718,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $337 million playing games online.

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