Macomb County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky 7’s Tripler Instant Game

A Macomb County woman is feeling a sense of relief after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky 7’s Tripler instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 54950 Mound Road in Shelby Township.

“I don’t play the Lottery all that often,” said the player. “I made a stop at 7-Eleven to buy some gift cards that I was going to give as Easter gifts and I picked up a few tickets.

“I won $17 on those tickets, so I stopped at the Marathon and bought more tickets. I actually forgot they were in my purse for a couple of days.”

After discovering the tickets in her purse, the lucky player began scratching and got the surprise of a lifetime.

“When I saw the clover symbol I got excited,” said the player. “Once I uncovered the prize amount, I was shocked. I called for my daughter so she could look at the ticket and tell me if I was reading it correctly.

“We decided to take the ticket to the Marathon to have it scanned so we could confirm it was a big winner. When the clerk told me I needed to go to the Lottery office I was thrilled.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new home and invest for her retirement.

“My husband and I are planning to retire in the next few years, and it’s been a stressful few months as we look at our finances and try to find a new, smaller home. Winning this takes so much stress away and helps me know we’ll have a comfortable retirement,” the player said.

Players have won more than $15.6 million playing Lucky 7’s Tripler, which launched in January. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $28.3 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes, 16 $7,777 prizes, and 115 $1,777 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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Two Players Split $350,456 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from Michigan Lottery

The bank accounts of two lucky Michigan Lottery players are getting a big boost after they split a $350,456 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Gerard Butler, of Midland, bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 2029 South Saginaw Road in Midland. With his winnings, Butler plans to help out family members and then save the remainder.

Janis Young, of Corunna, bought her winning ticket at the McNeil Street Market, located at 444 East McNeil Street in Corunna. With her winnings, Young plans to buy a motor home and do some traveling.

Each player matched the numbers drawn Thursday night – 02-07-12-13-23 – to win half of the jackpot. Both players received $175,228.

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. 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 $100,000.

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Wayne County Waitress Wins $292,524 Club Keno The Jack Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt (left), presents Club Keno The Jack winner, Rachel Signorello, with a check for $292,524 while her son, Tyler, and husband, Bob, look on.

Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt (left), presents Club Keno The Jack winner, Rachel Signorello, with a check for $292,524 while her son, Tyler, and husband, Bob, look on.

A Wayne County woman had to lock herself in a bathroom so she could calm down after winning a $292,524 Club Keno The Jack prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Rachel Signorello, 48, won the big prize when her easy pick The Jack numbers – 05-07-10-27-29-31-37-40 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1448775 on Friday. She bought the winning ticket while working at Playoffs Sports Bar and Grill, located at 27409 Goodard Road in Taylor.

“My husband had been at Playoffs visiting me during my shift and playing Club Keno,” said Signorello. “He was getting ready to leave for the night, so we said ‘good night’ and I went on with my shift. The next thing I know he called me at the bar and told me to keep playing The Jack because he had a ‘feeling,’ so I did.

“I only had $10 on me, so I bought a two-spot ticket for five draws with The Jack. I won on the very last draw on my ticket.”

Signorello couldn’t believe she had won, so she re-watched the draw on MichiganLottery.com.

“As I was watching the drawing people kept gathering around me and congratulating me,” said Signorello. “I was getting overwhelmed so I snuck off to the bathroom and locked myself inside so I could compose myself.”

Signorello's winning ticket.

Signorello’s winning ticket.

Signorello visited Lottery headquarters with her husband and son to claim the big prize on Monday. With her winnings she plans to buy a new home, pay some bills, make a donation in her nieces honor to a charity that supports Huntington’s disease, and then save the remainder.

“Winning takes so much financial pressure off of my family, I just keep asking myself: ‘Is this real?’” Signorello said.

The Jack is a Club Keno add-on game that players may add to their Club Keno wager for as little as $1 per draw. With The Jack, players get eight easy pick numbers to match to the Club Keno numbers drawn. Players may win prizes ranging from $1 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. To win the jackpot, players must match all eight numbers.

Club Keno may be played at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings take place every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.

In 2016, Lottery players won about $412.5 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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

Jon Vondrasek poses for a photo with his wife, Kelly, daughter, Lily, and son Jaden, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Jon Vondrasek poses for a photo with his wife, Kelly, daughter, Lily, and son Jaden, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Oakland County educator known for his passion for teaching and for helping students reach their full potential has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jon Vondrasek, teaches science at Warner Middle School in Farmington.  He also coaches the eighth-grade basketball and track teams at the middle school, which is part of the Farmington Public Schools 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 $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 Vondrasek 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 Vondrasek with the award at the Breslin Center.

Vondrasek said the opportunities to “make a difference in the lives of others” attracted him to a career in education.  “The kids of today are our future.  They need role models, people to look up to and I strive to be that person.”

He added that his favorite parts of being an educator are “the relationships that I form with the kids and watching the excitement in my students when they learn something new.  Plus, I love science and teaching science to young people.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Vondrasek described him as “a dedicated teacher who brings out the best in all of his students.”

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

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

“Jon is passionate about teaching and learning.  He strives to help every student in his class reach their full potential.  He is a positive role model for all of his students and he works very hard to build positive relationships with his students,” the nomination said.  “Thanks to his hard work and diligence, Jon inspires his students to believe in themselves and become successful learners.”

Vondrasek earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a focus on science and history from Michigan State University.  He also earned a master’s degree in education from Marygrove College.  He has been an educator for 19 years, all with the Farmington Public Schools.

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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St. Clair County Man Wins $1.15 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Timothy H. McMurtrie smiles after collecting a $1.15 million Lotto 47 jackpot.

Timothy H. McMurtrie smiles after collecting a $1.15 million Lotto 47 jackpot.

A St. Clair County man was expecting the worst, but got the best news of his life when his wife told him he’d won a $1.15 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

Timothy H. McMurtrie, of Yale, matched the Lotto 47 number drawn March 4 – 07-27-28-38-45-46 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 1555 Demille Road in Lapeer.

“My wife and I stopped for groceries and while she was checking out, I headed over to the service desk to buy my normal Lotto 47 tickets,” said McMurtrie. “I realized that I didn’t have my play slips with me, so I just asked the clerk for two Easy Picks.”

As he always does, the 62-year-old player tucked the tickets away in his wallet, planning to check them later.

“A few weeks went by and I had a pretty good stack of tickets, so I asked my wife to check them because she was heading into town,” said McMurtrie. “I told her I’d split the winnings 70-30 with her.

“When she got back to the house, she had a look on her face that startled me. She was very serious and told me to sit down so I was thinking something really bad had happened. The next thing I know, she’s telling me I’d won the Lottery!”

McMurtrie had to see the good news for himself, so he grabbed his ticket and visited the Lottery’s website, MichiganLottery.com, to confirm that he’d won the big prize.

McMurtrie's jackpot-winning Lotto 47 ticket.

McMurtrie’s jackpot-winning Lotto 47 ticket.

McMurtrie visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim the jackpot. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $730,000 rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to help his close family members, take a vacation, and then save the remainder.

“It feels pretty damn good to win! It’s still hard to believe, but as soon as I see my bank account balance I’ll know it’s real,” McMurtrie said.

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 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 until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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