Battle Creek Woman Wins $300,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Bingo Plus Instant Game

02-21-17-bingo-plus-ig-796-300000-anonymous-calhoun-countyA Battle Creek woman listened to a little voice and won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bingo Plus instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Family Fare, located at 1525 Michigan Avenue West in Battle Creek.

“I turned in a winning ticket that I had gotten for my birthday and used the money to buy a ticket,” said the 83-year-old player. “The clerk asked me if I wanted one more and I heard a little voice in my head say ‘yes,’ so I bought an extra ticket.”

Listening to that voice turned out to be a shrewd move for the player. She won $300,000 on the extra ticket she bought.

“I just couldn’t believe it when I scratched it off,” said the player. “I had two trusted friends look the ticket over to verify I was a big winner.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim her big prize.

The player said she had no big plans for her new found wealth: “Just live. It was meant for me to win.”

Players have won more than $7.7 million playing Bingo Plus, which launched in October 2016. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $15.2 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, four $12,000 prizes, seven $10,000 prizes, 27 $2,000 prizes, and 67 $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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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $403 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballThere’s a mountain of cash up for grabs in tonight’s Powerball jackpot, which stands at $403 million. The cash option for the jackpot is about $244 million.

If a Michigan player win’s tonight’s $403 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot on Sept. 30, 2015.

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for a chance to win the big jackpot. Players may buy Powerball tickets for tonight’s drawing at Lottery retailers throughout the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 9:45 p.m.

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 five times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Michigan Lottery Teams Up with Select Secretary of State Branches to Process Winning Lottery Tickets

MiLottery Horz logoThe Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the Secretary of State (SOS) for a pilot program that allows Lottery players to submit a claim for a Lottery prize at select SOS branches, in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan.

Beginning Thursday, the pilot program allows Lottery players to visit participating SOS branches to submit a claim for a Lottery prize ranging from $601 up to $50,000. The participating SOS branches are located in:

  • Escanaba, located at 305 Ludington Street
  • Grayling, located at 2384C South I-75 Business Loop
  • Marquette, located at 2025 U.S. 41 West
  • Sault Ste Marie, located at 2700 Davitt Street

The joint effort between the state agencies is designed to provide Lottery players in the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan with more options to claim prizes from $601 up to $50,000.

Players who submit a claim for a Lottery prize at a SOS branch will receive payment via electronic funds transfer to a valid bank account the following business day. To submit a claim for a Lottery prize at a SOS branch, players should bring the winning ticket, a valid photo ID, Social Security card, and bank account information (routing and account numbers).

Prizes of $600 or less may be claimed at Lottery retailers across the state. Prizes of $601 up to $50,000 may be claimed at Lottery offices, bank claim centers, or participating SOS branches. Players who win $50,001 or more should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations division at 517-373-1237 to set up an appointment to claim their prize.

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Rochester Hills Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize from Michigan Lottery

MSL MegaMillions LogoIt took four phone calls from the Michigan Lottery before a Rochester Hills man answered and learned he’d won $1 million playing Mega Millions online.

Anthony Frabotta, 66, matched the five white balls drawn – 08-42-54-63-67 – in the Jan. 24 Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I missed a few calls from a Lansing-area phone number the day after I won. I usually don’t answer if I don’t recognize the number, but I thought somebody might need bail money so I answered,” Frabotta joked.

On the other end of the phone was a supervisor from the Lottery’s customer service center to confirm Frabotta had won a big prize.

“At first I thought I had goofed something up or done something wrong,” said Frabotta. “When the supervisor, Joe, said I won $1 million it got my attention. I looked at the speakerphone in my office and said: ‘Say that again please!’

“While I was listening to Joe, I opened my account and saw I had a $1 million pending prize. That’s when it hit me that I had really won.”

Frabotta visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to support children’s charities in Metro Detroit and retire a couple of years early.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tickets for Mega Millions drawings may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Ingham ISD Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Jeff Grossman (right) poses for a photo with his daughter, Kara Grossman, son, Brett Grossman, and granddaughters, Sadie and Maya Grossman, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Jeff Grossman (right) poses for a photo with his daughter, Kara Grossman, son, Brett Grossman, and granddaughters, Sadie and Maya Grossman, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Ingham Intermediate School District educator known for helping his students develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workplace as well as helping them master welding technology has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jeff Grossman, is a welding technology instructor at the Capital Area Career Center in Mason.  The Career Center is operated by the Ingham Intermediate School District. At the Career Center, Grossman – an educator for more than four decades – teaches welding technology to high school juniors and seniors. He also is a welding technology instructor at Lansing Community College.

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 $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, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Grossman will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, who recently presented Grossman with the award at the Breslin Center.

Grossman said the outstanding teachers that he had in high school inspired him to pursue a career in education.  He added that his favorite part of being an educator is seeing students gain confidence in themselves as they master various welding skills and techniques.

“Students come to the career center because they want to learn and prepare themselves for their future, whether that is going directly into a career or post-secondary education. I get to help them learn and when they master a skill, we’re both happy,” he said.

A colleague nominated Grossman for the Excellence in Education award, saying that the “hands-on learning and the mentoring that he provides is beyond compare.”

Jeff Grossman talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Jeff Grossman talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

“Mr. Grossman believes that all of his students deserve a chance to succeed in the program and he works with them to make that happen,” the nomination said.

“The students leave his program after two years with a wealth of knowledge that gives them a trade that they will have for life or help them pay for college after graduation.  He teaches them to work as a team and to have compassion and respect for one another. It makes me proud to work with someone with such great work ethic that, in turn, is instilled in his students.”

Grossman earned two degrees from Michigan State University:  a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts education and a master of arts in curriculum and instruction.  He has been an educator at the Capital Area Career Center for 42 years and also has served as an instructor at Lansing Community College for 38 years.

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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