Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to Record $27.1 Million for Wednesday’s Drawing

Cash keeps piling up in the Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 jackpot, which now stands at a record $27.1 million.

The largest Lotto 47 prize ever won was a $23.6 million jackpot. That jackpot was won by a Macomb County player on March 1, 2008.

Tickets for Wednesday’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com, or at Lottery retailers across the state. Players who choose to visit a Lottery retailer are asked to follow safety precautions, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing guidelines.

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 play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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 at a retailer or online at MichiganLottery.com until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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

Tammi Kantola CheckA Muskegon County educator known for serving as a mentor to students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Tammi Kantola, is a seventh grade English and language arts teacher at Ravenna Middle School, which is part of Ravenna Public 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 Kantola will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Kantola said her mother was her “guiding force” to a career in education.

“From an early age, I can remember my mother telling me that one day I would make a great teacher,” said Kantola. “She gave me the ability to have a dream and the confidence to know I could do anything I tried.”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “the moments of learning she shares with the students, and the moments of excitement when they realize they have mastered a new skill or sense of accomplishment when they are successful.”

Kantola was nominated for the award by the parent of a former student. The nomination cited her love for her students and willingness to put in extra time to mentor and tutor them.

“Mrs. Kantola is known for her love of students. She is not just a teacher; she is a mentor! She puts in numerous hours a day after school to help students and parents and is the reason our district does so well in Destination Imagination. She strives to help our children do better and be the best they can. She goes out of her way to work with students who need extra help. She is the reason my child and many others are where they are at an educational level as she made my son comfortable enough to work thru his reading struggles and work on his grammar. She is an amazing mentor to parents and other teachers as well, as she has many years of experience.”

Tammi Kantola InterviewKantola earned a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University, a specialist degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from Grand Valley State University. She has been an educator for 31 years, including 26 in Ravenna.

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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Holiday-Themed Games from Michigan Lottery Offer Chances to Stuff Stockings and Pockets with Cash

The holiday season is coming, and the Michigan Lottery is ready to celebrate with four holiday-themed instant games offering big prizes!

Starting tomorrow, Lottery players will have the opportunity to buy four different holiday-themed instant games. This season’s instant games are:

  • Holiday 50’s: $1 ticket with top prizes of $3,000 and more than $9 million in total prizes.
  • Merry Multiplier: $2 ticket with top prizes of $30,000 and more than $11 million in total prizes.
  • Peppermint Payout Deluxe: $5 ticket with top prizes of $300,000 and more than $18 million in total prizes.
  • Holiday Gold: $10 ticket with top prizes of $500,000 and $28 million in total prizes.

Lottery instant game tickets make great gifts for adults in the upcoming holiday season.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to Record $25.9 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Record cash is up for grabs for Michigan Lottery Players with Saturday’s Lotto 47 jackpot set at $25.9 million.

The largest Lotto 47 prize ever won was a $23.6 million jackpot. That jackpot was won by a Macomb County player on March 1, 2008.

Tickets for Wednesday’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com, or at Lottery retailers across the state. Players who choose to visit a Lottery retailer are asked to follow safety precautions, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing guidelines.

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 play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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 at a retailer or online at MichiganLottery.com until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Happy Accident: Dearborn Heights Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize Twice

An accidental purchase led to a Dearborn Heights man winning two $1 million Mega Millions prizes from the Michigan Lottery.

Samir Mazahem, 56, matched the five white balls drawn – 01-05-09-10-23 – in the June 9 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He accidentally bought two tickets, each worth $1 million. He bought his tickets online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I went online and bought a ticket using numbers that are family birthdays,” said Mazahem. “I forgot to save the numbers as favorites in the app, so I went back in and set them up as favorites so I could easily play them in the future.

“What I didn’t realize, is that meant I would be buying a second ticket with the same numbers. Once I figured out I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it.

“I recently logged into the app to check on some tickets I had bought, and that is when I saw I had two $1 million prizes pending. Saying that I was stunned is an understatement. I couldn’t believe it was real. It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a home and then save the remainder.

“Winning is exciting and gives me some comfort knowing that when I retire, I will have money in the bank,” Mazahem said.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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