Select Online Game Card Purchases Offer Bonus Free Play to Lottery Players

Michigan Lottery players who buy an Online Game Card have a chance to get 100 percent more bang for their buck with a new bonus promotion.

Beginning Thursday, and for a limited time, players who buy an Online Game Card at a Lottery retailer have a chance to receive a 100 percent bonus. Bonuses will be awarded randomly on a separate Online Game Card. The bonus amount will vary, based on the purchase amount of the Online Game Card. Bonus amounts available are:

  • Buy $10, player may receive a $10 bonus
  • Buy $20, player may receive a $20 bonus
  • Buy $50, player may receive a $50 bonus
  • Buy $100, player may receive a $100 bonus

Each Online Game Card will be printed from the retailer’s Lottery terminal and will include a unique code that players enter into their Michigan Lottery accounts for online play. Each code is valid for five years from the date of purchase.

Players may redeem up to $500 – not including bonus play – in Online Game Cards per week in their online accounts.

Online Game Cards have been a popular way for players to fund their online accounts because they allow players to pay in stores and play online without using a credit card or bank account.

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

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

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

A Lapeer County educator known for her tireless and innovative efforts to provide students with experiences and opportunities to excel in the classroom and grow as individuals has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Mary Finnigan, an educator for nearly three decades, is the superintendent for the Dryden Community 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 Finnigan will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Finnigan said she was attracted to a career in education because “I want to work with and help people.  I am a first-generation college graduate.  I had a group of teacher mentors who helped me and now I want to help others achieve their goals.  I am trying to be who I needed when I was younger.”

“My favorite part of being an educator is watching my students learn and grow.  I like making a difference in their lives.  I love serving my community.  I love helping my students and staff succeed,” she said.

Finnigan students the student and her staff members motivate her to do her best every day.  “My job is to help make the lives of my students and staff better.  I consider the students to be my children and I want the best for them.  I work hard to provide them with new experiences and opportunities to learn and grow.”

A member of the Dryden Community Schools Board of Education nominated Finnigan for the Excellence in Education award, saying she “is one of the most, honest, fair, creative, and hard working professionals that I know.  Because of her leadership, our school district is thriving!”

“She has worn many hats in our district:  teacher, principal, and now superintendent. Mary came to Dryden five years ago and under her leadership, our district has continued to break traditional boundaries in education.  We have a Montessori kindergarten and a multiage philosophy that began in the elementary grades and has grown to the high school.  Students are able to take classes based on their skill levels, not simply their ages,” the nomination said.

“Mary’s innovative thinking brought the Early College program to our district.  She has fostered relationships with Ferris State University, Oakland University, and Baker College, to name a few.  Thanks to Mary and her team, our students can graduate from high school with college credits.

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

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

“Her leadership and innovation also brought the Summit Learning Platform (an online curriculum service with projects, contents, and assessments) to our school.  Mary is protective of her students and teachers and works tirelessly to better our schools.  Our student scores continue to be at or among the top scores in our county.  Mary inspires those around her to be their best.”

Finnigan earned four degrees from Wayne State University:  a bachelor of science degree in education, a master’s degree in clinical and community health education, a master’s degree in counseling, and an educational specialist degree in general education administration and supervision.  She also studied at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.  She has been an educator for 27 years, the past five with the Dryden Community Schools.

She has two children attending the Dryden Community Schools, a daughter who is in the seventh grade and a son in the sixth grade.

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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Lansing Man Wins $79,709 Playing Diamond Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash Game

Finding a lucky $5 bill led to a Lansing man winning a $79,709 Diamond Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash jackpot.

“I had just finished my bartending shift at the VFW and I was counting my tips,” said 53-year-old Brian Bates. “I was going through a stack of $1 bills, when a $5 bill jumped out and landed on the counter. As soon as I saw it, I just had a lucky feeling hit me and I bought a Diamond Wild Time Progressive ticket.”

Bates bought his winning ticket on Jan. 12 at VFW Post 701, located at 123 North Rosemary in Lansing.

As soon as Bates looked at the ticket his jaw dropped.

“I saw almost immediately that I won the jackpot,” said Bates. “My wife was sitting there waiting for me to finish up, and I told her I’d won. She thought I was joking, so I scanned the ticket, then I scanned it again, and again. I think I scanned it about 15 times to be sure it was a winner.

“When my wife and I got home, we sat down at our kitchen table, had a beer, and just kept laughing and smiling at each other.”

Bates visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to take a vacation, spoil his grandchildren, and then save the remainder.

“I’m over the moon about winning, it’s totally awesome. It’s going to help us add a nice cushion to our savings,” Bates 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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Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

In observance of Presidents’ 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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Lansing Woman Wins $250,000 KENO! Prize from the Michigan Lottery

A set of lucky numbers paid off for a Lansing woman who won a $250,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s KENO! game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched 10 of the 22 numbers drawn Feb. 5. Her winning numbers were: 07-11-40-66-71-74-76-78-79-80. She bought her winning ticket at Kartar Liquor, located at 6200 South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Lansing.

“I play my KENO! numbers every other day and I was getting ready to give up, but decided to buy a few more tickets,” said the 42-year-old player. “My cousin called me the next day to tell me someone in Lansing won on KENO!, so I decided to check the winning numbers on the Lottery app. When I saw the winning numbers, I recognized them instantly and knew I was a winner.

“I also matched nine numbers on two other KENO! tickets from the same drawing to win two $2,500 prizes. I missed a $750,000 payday by just two numbers!”

She used a combination of birthdays and random numbers to select her numbers.

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to collect the big prize. With her winnings, she plans treat herself a little, but save the majority of the money.

KENO! tickets may be purchased for $1. Players select 10 numbers from one to 80 for a chance to win prizes ranging from a free instant ticket up to $250,000. Drawings for the game take place at 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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