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

A Benzie County man started shaking when he won $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Triple Bonus Cashword instant game.

“I stop on my way to work a lot of mornings and buy a Cashword ticket,” said Jeremy Ward, of Thompsonville. “When I matched the tenth word, I didn’t know what to say. My whole body started shaking.

“Winning feels pretty great. It won’t change me, but it will get me a new home and help me put some away for my son.”

Ward, 37, bought his winning ticket at the Village Pantry, located at 2001 Garfield Road North in Traverse City.

Players have won more than $41 million playing Triple Bonus Cashword, which launched in December 2019. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000. More than $42 million in prizes remain, including three $500,000 top prizes and 20 $1,000 prizes.

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

A Barry County educator known for helping students improve their self-esteem through encouraging words and purpose driven learning has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jenny Wandell, is a kindergarten teacher with Delton-Kellogg Elementary. The school is part of the Delton-Kellogg 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 Wandell will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Wandell said she was attracted to a career in education because of a love of children. “For as long as I can remember, everywhere I go I’d have a group of kids around me. Teaching is an amazing gift that has been given to me and I cherish every minute of it.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator are “building relationships with the students and parents, and the joy on a child’s face when they accomplish a task they’ve been working on.”

Wandell said her students, colleagues, and community motivate her to do her best each day. “Delton is a wonderful community with great families. There’s nothing that humbles me more or makes me feel more honored than to have former students come in with their children and request me to be their teacher.”

A former student and mother of seven students who have had Ms. Wandell nominated her for the Excellence in Education award. The nomination cited her compassionate approach to teaching her students and the welcoming atmosphere she creates.

“My son was struggling with reading and sounds and she had us use a PVC elbow to help him learn. My daughter lacked confidence and was shy, and Mrs. Wandell helped her to overcome that,” she said. “She built up her self-esteem using words of encouragement and having her help new students. This helped her to be more vocal and feel more confident. She is very attentive to every child’s needs.”

Wandell earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University. She has been an educator for 35 years, 26 years as a kindergarten teacher with Delton-Kellogg Elementary.

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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Lapeer County Woman Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $300,000 Wild Time Instant Game

A Lapeer County woman’s grocery store run turned into a $300,000 payday after she hit it big playing the Michigan Lottery’s $300,000 Wild Time instant game.

“I stopped at the grocery store for a few things, and asked the clerk for one number 10 ticket,” said the 54-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “The clerk asked: ‘Just one?’ and I told the clerk: ‘It only takes one!’

“I scratched the ticket off when I got home, and I was shocked. It took me days to believe that I had won $300,000! I was so nervous to have that ticket with me, I went and bought a safe to keep it in.”

The player bought her winning ticket at Bryan’s Supermarket, located at 6002 North Lapeer Road in North Branch.

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to share with family and invest.

Players have won more than $26 million playing $300,000 Wild Time, which launched in March. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $31 million in prizes remain, including two $300,000 top prizes, 11 $25,000 prizes, and 32 $2,5000 prizes.

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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Oakland County Man Wins $2 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit the Jackpot Instant Game

An Oakland County man got the biggest surprise of his life when he won $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit The Jackpot instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 3510 Elizabeth Lake Road in Waterford Township.

“For years, I’ve stopped every Friday to buy instant tickets as a treat,” said the player. “For whatever reason, I decided to give one $20 ticket a try that day.

“When I scratched the ticket off, I was so surprised, I thought I was going to have to change my pants!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He chose to accept his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to buy a house, pay bills, and then invest the remainder.

“I thought this day would never come, but it’s a real life changer,” the player said.

Players have won more than $41 million playing Hit the Jackpot, which launched in June. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $33 million in prizes remain, including one $2 million top prize, 30 $5,000 prizes, and 194 $1,000 prizes.

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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Lapeer County Woman Wins $100,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Football Payout Instant Game Online

Winning $100,000 playing Instant Football Payout from the Michigan Lottery led to a sleepless night for a Lapeer County woman.

“I was playing a bit before bed and hit $100,000,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I ran downstairs to tell my husband and he was half asleep so he wasn’t sure what to think.

“I kept asking him to check the ticket and then I got an email about the claim process from the Lottery, and that’s when I knew it was real. I was too excited after that to get any sleep!”

The 53-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. She plans to use the money for home repairs, a new vehicle, and then save the remainder.

“Winning is a feeling like no other. It was so exciting that night, but then I had to keep telling myself I wasn’t dreaming,” the player said.

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, Lucky For Life, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 90 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 2019, Lottery players won more than $845 million playing games online.

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