Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $535 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballThe fifth-largest Powerball jackpot has grown by $25 million, and now stands at $535 million for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is $340 million.

If a Michigan player wins Saturday’s $535 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize ever won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot also holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot on Sept. 30, 2015.

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for a chance to win the big jackpot. Players may buy $2 Powerball tickets for the drawing at Lottery retailers throughout the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Wayne County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit $500 Instant Game

A Wayne County man is looking forward to a “new life” after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Hit $500 instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 26320 Van Born Road in Dearborn Heights.

“I bought three tickets that day: Fast Cash, Golden Wild Time, and the Hit $500 ticket,” said the player. “The third time was a charm because I won $1 million on the third ticket I bought!

“I called my brother and told him to come see me immediately so that I could tell him I’d won. I didn’t sleep much at all the night I scratched the ticket. The next day, I gathered my family members and gave them a copy of the ticket and let them figure it out for themselves that I had won $1 million.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than an annuity. With his winnings, the player plans to pay off his student loans, and buy a new home, and new car.

“Winning is an amazing feeling, it’s like I have a new life now,” the player said.

Players have won more than $29 million playing Hit $500, which launched in April. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $38 million in prizes remain, including one $1 million top prize, 28 $10,000 prizes, and 79 $1,000 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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Macomb County Woman Wins $10,000 in Michigan Lottery’s Cash Carnival Giveaway

A Macomb County woman gave her bank account a boost after winning $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery’s Cash Carnival Giveaway.

Raquel Jackson, of Clinton Township, won the $10,000 prize in a random drawing. Jackson earned entries into the Cash Carnival Giveaway by playing online games at MichiganLottery.com.

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, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 40 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 600,000 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 2016, Lottery players won nearly $337 million playing games online.

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Michigan Lottery Players Setting Sail on Western Caribbean Power Cruise

Five lucky Michigan Lottery players will be setting sail on a five-day western Caribbean cruise after winning the Cruisin’ instant game second chance drawing.

The lucky winners are:

  • Michelle Allen, of Warren
  • Nicole Anderson, of Byron
  • Frank Belongia, of Chesaning
  • Jeff Hobbs, of Almont
  • Rachel Tidey, of Buchanan

Each player and a guest will enjoy a five-night western Caribbean cruises aboard the Royal Caribbean® “Brilliance of the Seas®.” Each trip includes roundtrip airfare for two to Tampa, Fla., hotel accommodations for the night before the cruise departure, limited ground transportation, and a $250 ship credit. An additional $150,000 in cash prizes also will be awarded throughout the cruise.

Players still have time to win one of 15 cruises playing the Cruisin’ instant game. To enter, players should visit MichiganLottery.com/Cruise to enter codes from non-winning Cruisin’ instant game tickets.

For just $2, each Cruisin’ ticket offers players the chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $30,000. Players may win up to 12 times on each ticket. Players have won more than $2.4 million playing Cruisin’. More than 5.3 million in prizes remain, including two $30,000 top prizes, and 16 $1,000 prizes.

Cruisin’ instant game tickets will be available Tuesday at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.


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The cruise line sails 25 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. Media can stay up-to-date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should call their travel agent; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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Nominations Encouraged for Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education Awards to Honor Outstanding Educators

Michigan Lottery Excellence in EducationThe Michigan Lottery is encouraging parents, school staff members, students, and others to nominate outstanding public school educators for the 2017-18 Excellence in Education awards.

All public school employees may be nominated for the awards, which recognize educators who go “above and beyond” to make a difference in the lives of children. To nominate an outstanding public school educator, go to: http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation.

One outstanding educator will be selected each week and will receive a $1,500 cash prize as well as a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly award winners will be selected to receive the Lottery’s Educator of the Year award and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also will receive a plaque and be 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, Saginaw. Excellence in Education nomination also may be submitted at the websites for the four TV stations.

The winner of the Educator of the Year award for the 2016-17 school year was Linda Holzwarth, a social studies teacher at Portage West Middle School.  The school is part of the Portage Public Schools.

Tom Izzo, the Michigan State University men’s basketball coach, presented Holzwarth with the $10,000 prize May 24 during a surprise visit to a student assembly at Portage West Middle School.  About 700 students, faculty, and staff cheered as Izzo announced that Holzwarth had won the award.

More than 500 educators from across the state were nominated during the third year of the educational awards program and 34, including Holzwarth, were selected to win a weekly award.

The winner of the 2016 Educator of the Year award was Daniel Carr, a Spanish and sports marketing teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing.  The school is part of the Waverly Community Schools district. The 2015 award winner was Michael Craig, a special education teacher at the Charles Drew Transition Center. The school is part of the Detroit Public Schools district and serves about 600 young adults with special needs.

Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on:

  • 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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