Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Sold in Allegan County; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

A Michigan Lottery player is looking forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket bought at the Meijer store, located at 1195 M-89 in Plainwell matched the five white balls drawn Monday night – 09-11-26-33-38 – to win the big prize. This is the 20th time that a Michigan winner has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prize:

  • Annual payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Lucky For Life tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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

Jennifer Grubb (center) poses for a photo with Milford High School Principal, Kevin McKenna, and assistant principal, Michele Butler, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Jennifer Grubb (center) poses for a photo with Milford High School Principal, Kevin McKenna, and assistant principal, Michele Butler, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Oakland County educator known for her dedication to helping special education students become independent through a variety of activities, including an overnight camping trip, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jennifer Grubb, is a special education teacher at Milford High School, which is part of the Huron Valley 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 segment featuring Grubb will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Grubb said she chose a career in education “because I love working with kids of all abilities.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “connecting with the students and seeing the growth they make in their time with me.”

Grubb said seeing her students do well motivates her to do her best each day.  “It’s wonderful to see the kids in my class excel. It’s amazing seeing my young adults become independent, active members of their community.  They have jobs, friends, and hobbies.  They are fulfilling their dreams.”

A student’s parent nominated Grubb for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “a one in a million educator.”

Specifically, the nomination outlined how Grubb’s students ran a coffee shop to raise money for a two-night camping experience at Camp Dearborn.  Working at the coffee shop helped build the independence skills for the students and they expanded those skills at Camp Dearborn with activities such as cooking, day and night hikes, swimming, canoeing, scavenger hunts and fishing.”

“The students had many choices built in their day with some needing a few prompts to get them to engage.  The students managed their leisure time, many of them started games with other students or decided to stick around by the fire and talk,” the nomination said.

“This three-day, two-night event took an enormous amount of planning and time for Mrs. Grubb.  She enlisted a true community of support for the students, including the Milford High School staff, other students at the school, Heavner Canoe Rental, Oakland County Sheriff’s officers and Camp Dearborn.

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

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

“For many of the students, this was their first time away from home and/or away from their families.  As the parent of a child with special needs, I cannot begin to describe how important this experience was for my son in building his independent living skills for later in life.  There are not many opportunities available to kids with special needs in our community to be able to experience being on their own in a safe environment.”

Grubb earned a bachelor of arts degree in special education with a focus on cognitive impairment and a master of science degree from Walden University in reading and literacy.  She has been an educator for 18 years, all with the Huron Valley School District.

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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Macomb County Man Wins $250,000 KENO! Prize

A Macomb County man was shocked beyond belief after winning $250,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s KENO! game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched 10 of the 22 numbers drawn March 2. His winning numbers were: 04-19-21-34-39-40-60-69-73-77. He bought his winning ticket at the Grape Vine Wine Shoppe, located at 8230 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

“I started buying multi-draw tickets a little while ago, so I don’t check them every day,” said the player. “When I did check my ticket and saw I had a jackpot winner I was shocked. Well, shocked is really an understatement, I don’t have words for how I felt.”

The 57-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters on Wednesday to claim the big prize. He plans to help some family and friends with his good fortune, and then save the remainder.

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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Macomb County Woman Wins $189,912 Club Keno The Jack Prize from Michigan Lottery

A Macomb County woman bought a round for the house to celebrate winning a $189,912 Club Keno The Jack prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Mardi Swiss, of Utica, won the big prize when her easy pick The Jack numbers – 18-19-31-36-39-56-65-72 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1571459 on Tuesday evening. She bought her winning ticket at Steiny’s Tavern, located at 55161 Shelby Road in Shelby Township.

“I was eating dinner with some friends, and we were kind of half-watching the Club Keno drawings,” said Swiss. “We saw The Jack had reset and we were looking at the numbers, but the next drawing started before we could see what all of the numbers were.

“I took my ticket up to the bartender to be scanned and she told me I had a big winner. I felt like jelly, I was shaking so much!”

Swiss celebrated by buying a round for everyone in the bar and picking up the tab for her friend’s dinners.

“Luckily the bar wasn’t too busy, so my tab was a little over $100,” said Swiss. “It was fun to share my good fortune with everyone there!”

The 55-year-old Swiss visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. She plans to pay some bills, share with family and friends, and then save the remainder.

“It’s so unbelievable to win, it still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Swiss 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

In 2017, Lottery players won about $423 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Wayne County Man Wins $1.3 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot

A Wayne County man thought he’d written down the wrong numbers when he saw his Lotto 47 numbers had won a $1.3 million jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday: 09-23-28-35-41-45. He bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 26320 Van Born Road in Dearborn Heights.

“I watched the drawing Saturday night and scribbled the numbers down really quick,” said the player. “I had bought five tickets for the drawing, and when I checked the last one I matched all six numbers.

“I thought I had written the numbers down wrong, so I asked my wife to run up to the store to get a printout. When I matched my ticket to the numbers on the printout, I knew I was the winner!”

The 70-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters on Wednesday to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $825,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount.

With his winnings, the lucky player plans to take his wife on trips to Alaska and Hawaii, and then invest the remainder.

“Knowing we have this money gives us so much security and will help us enjoy our retirement together,” the player 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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