Genesee County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword Instant Game

A Genesee County woman feels “overwhelmed” after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Beacon and Bridge Market, located at 10318 Hegel Road in Goodrich.

“I scratched the ticket and thought I had a $100 winner,” said the 55-year-old player. “When I took it to the gas station to claim the prize, the clerk said he couldn’t pay me and I was kind of mad because I wanted the money. He told me I needed to contact the Lottery.

“When I got home, I looked the ticket over and realized I had missed two words: odometer and rim. At that moment, I knew he couldn’t pay me because I won $500,000!”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new car, share with her children, and then save the remainder.

“Things haven’t always been easy financially, so this really takes some stress off of me,” the player said.

Players have won more than $36 million playing Triple Bonus Cashword, which launched in December 2018. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000. More than $5 million in prizes remain, including one $500,000 top prize and three $1,000 prizes.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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Five Michigan Lottery Players Win Opportunity to Play The Big Spin

Five lucky Michigan Lottery players have been selected to play The Big Spin game after winning The Big Spin second chance drawing.

The lucky winners are:

  • Timothy Bissa, of Sanford
  • Barbara Brown, of Macomb
  • Shirletha Frazier, of Detroit
  • Kimberly Lewis-Baer, of Lapeer
  • Gerald W. Sproull, of Flint

Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000. The players will be featured on The Big Spin televised events beginning Dec. 16, shortly after evening Lottery drawings.

Five additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com to be entered in drawings for the opportunity to appear on television with Lottery host and Detroit basketball champion John Salley.

The final The Big Spin second chance drawing is scheduled to take place Jan. 2, 2020.

Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $16 million playing The Big Spin. More than $59 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 112 $1,000 prizes.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Mecosta County Woman Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Double Bonus Cashword Instant Game

A Mecosta County woman plans to spoil her grandson after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Double Bonus Cashword instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Citgo gas station, located at 301 South Cass Street in Morley.

“I scratched the ticket off and had five green words, but there wasn’t a prize for five green words in the legend,” said the 59-year-old winner. “I took it back up to the gas station and had the clerk scan it. He told me I’d have to take it to the Lottery.

“When I got back home, I looked the ticket over again and that’s when I realized I had missed the letter ‘Y’ and revealed an extra word to win $300,000. I felt so overwhelmed and couldn’t stop crying tears of joy!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters with her husband Tuesday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to spoil her grandson, donate to charity, and then save the remainder.

Players have won more than $19 million playing Double Bonus Cashword, which launched in April. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $7 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, three $10,000 prizes, and 17 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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Macomb County Man Wins $110,000 Fantasy 5 Prize

A new car tops the shopping list of a Macomb County man who won $110,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize by matching the Fantasy 5 Double Play numbers drawn on Oct. 29:  10-11-20-21-31. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell service station, located at 3950 E. 10 Mile Road, in Warren.

The winner, who described himself as a regular Lottery player, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize.  He said he planned to buy a new car to celebrate his luck, then would decide what to do with the rest of the money.

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. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $105,000.

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

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

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

A Saginaw County educator known for engaging students with hands on and real world experiences and for her dedication to help students develop personally as well as academically has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jessie Bassett, teaches science and math at Frankenmuth High School, which is part of the Frankenmuth 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 Bassett will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

“Teaching is my calling. It’s part of who I am. My Mom was a teacher so you could say it’s genetic. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I never work.  I go to school and teach!” Bassett said.

She said the students, her colleagues, and the Frankenmuth community motivate her to do her best every day.

“I treat my students as if they were my own kids. I truly care about their well-being. I want them to have someone to rely on. Our school’s staff members are all on the same page.  We are here for the kids,” Bassett said.

“We want to influence our kids so that they will leave us being not only well educated, but also productive and kind citizens in our world.  I love our community and our school district and am thankful to teach at our high school and have my own children attend there as well.”

A colleague nominated Bassett for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “a master teacher whose myriad contributions to Frankenmuth High School shape the school’s culture and the students’ experience here every day. She has been named our school’s ‘Most Spirited Teacher’ multiple years in a row.”

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

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

“She provides hands on and real-world learning opportunities for her students, and she sparks their interest and attention through engaging activities. Mrs. Bassett teaches a wide array of classes from a co-taught section of ninth graders in Algebra I to juniors and seniors in Algebra IIA/IIB, Physiology, and Advanced Placement Biology,” the nomination said, adding that Bassett also chairs the school improvement committee, serves as the prom adviser and Science Olympiad co-adviser.

“Mrs. Bassett truly is an asset to Frankenmuth High School, its students, staff, and families.”

Bassett earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in natural science education, also from Saginaw Valley State.  She has been an educator for 20 years, all with the Frankenmuth 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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