Oakland County Man Wins $1 Million Fast Cash Progressive Jackpot

An Oakland County man had a hard time going to work after winning a $1 million progressive jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Jackpot Slots Fast Cash game.

The lucky 26-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 30875 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. The player’s big win marks is the largest Fast Cash progressive jackpot ever won. The previous record was set by Mike Harbert, of Stockbridge, who won a $753,824 Fast Cash jackpot in August.

“I’d been watching the jackpot Sunday morning and told my dad I was going to win it when it got to $1 million,” said the player. “I left for work in the afternoon and bought four Fast Cash tickets on my way.

“When I got to work I checked my $5 Fast Cash tickets first and saw someone had hit the jackpot. I was bummed because I had checked the jackpot right before I bought my tickets and couldn’t believe someone won it. When I checked my Jackpot Slots tickets and saw I was the jackpot winner I was stunned.”

The player immediately called his dad to tell him the good news.

“When I answered the phone, I could tell by his voice something was off,” said the player’s dad. “I said: ‘You won the jackpot, didn’t you?’ I was so happy for him when he told me he was the winner.”

“I was in the parking lot at work and thought about calling in, but I decided to go in to work. It was pretty hard to walk in there knowing I’d just won $1 million,” said the player, who works at a local restaurant. “I asked my dad to come pick up the ticket so I didn’t have to carry it around or leave it in my car.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a house, take a trip, and then invest the remainder.

“I still can’t believe it’s real. Winning this much money makes me feel so much more comfortable and secure,” the winner said.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $1 per play up to $10 per play, and feature popular game themes, including Cashword and Wild Time.

Fast Cash games also offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always will know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts again.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Bowling Bucks – Each $1 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $1 up to $100 and 10 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Cashword Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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

Nikki Simons poses for a photo with her husband, Terry, daughter, Lanee, and Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Nikki Simons poses for a photo with her husband, Terry, daughter, Lanee, and Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

A Macomb County educator known for her dedication to help students succeed and who refused to let cancer interrupt her relationship with her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Nikki Simons, teaches second grade at the Cheyenne Elementary School, in Macomb.  The school is part of the Chippewa Valley Schools.

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 Simons will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Simons said her favorite parts of being an educator are “seeing the children smile and enjoying learning something new every day and also seeing former students and hearing that I’ve encouraged them to keep trying and never give up!”

She said she chose education as a profession because “my Mom was a teacher’s assistant in schools when I was a child and I wanted to be just like her. I’m proud to say I’m a Chippewa Valley High School graduate and now am a teacher for the Chippewa Valley Schools!”

Simon said her students motivate her to give her best every day.  “It’s knowing that I can inspire them to also make a difference each day and to always try their best.  I was faced with cancer in December and had to adhere to my own advice and not give up, to face the challenge, and to try my best to overcome cancer.  Being a cancer survivor for only a few months, it’s a joy to be back in the classroom with my children and see each and every day that I make a difference and I can do anything!”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Simons described her as a dedicated teacher who provides individualized attention to each of her students.

To foster a love of reading in her students, Simons created a “book in a bag” program so students may take home a fiction or non-fiction book, read it with their families, and then share their thoughts on the book with the class, the nomination said.

“She also has teddy bears for the children to take home or on a vacation.  The students track the places where the bears go by keeping a diary for the bears and taking photos of them on their travels.  Students love learning about America and other places through these bears and their travels.”

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

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

The nomination noted Simons’ dedication to her students didn’t stop when she was diagnosed with cancer “she was devastated to have to leave her class and her kids.  Even as she was going through this terrible time in her life and having tiring treatments, she still wrote letters to her students to encourage them to read and write.  Sometimes, she came in to her classroom after hours to leave notes and treats on their desks.”

Simons also made a holiday visit to her classroom to see her students, even though her treatments had weakened her and the visit put her at risk of becoming ill, the nomination said.  “At the end of the year, she went in again to bring a teddy bear for each student to take on their summer travels and write in a diary.”

Simons earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Oakland University and two master’s degrees: an early childhood specialist degree from Saginaw Valley State University and another in reading and language arts from Oakland University and Walden University.  She has been an educator for 23 years, the past 20 with the Chippewa Valley Schools.

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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Macomb County Man Wins $478,041 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Macomb County man says winning a $478,041 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery is a huge blessing in a tough year.

“Honestly, I’ve had some personal issues and 2017 has probably been the most difficult year of my life, but it sure looks like it’s ending on a great note,” said the 71-year-old player who chose to remain anonymous.

The lucky player matched the numbers drawn Oct. 10 to win the big prize: 10-14-26-27-35. He bought his winning ticket at Buscemi’s, located at 42990 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

“When I saw the winning numbers, they looked pretty familiar to me so I thought I’d won $100,” said the lucky player. “I checked my ticket later that night and realized I had matched all five to win the jackpot!

“The next morning I looked online again just to make sure I was seeing everything right and I couldn’t believe it.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim his big prize. With his winnings he plans to pay off his house, share some with family members, and take a trip.

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 $198,000.

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Friday the 13th Is Lucky for Michigan Player with Mega Millions Jackpot Winning Ticket; Ticket Purchased in Waterford

MSL MegaMillions LogoFriday the 13th turned out to be a very lucky day for a Michigan Lottery player who won a share of the $43 million Mega Millions jackpot.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven, located at 3461 Airport Road in Waterford. The winning ticket matched the five white balls and the Mega Ball drawn Friday night:  02-07-18-26-31, Mega Ball: 12. The winning ticket is one of two bought for Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot. The other winning ticket was bought in Rhode Island. Each winner will receive $21.5 million.

The lucky player may choose to receive their jackpot as a 30-year annuity, or a one-time lump sum payment.

The jackpot win marks the fourth time since 2003 that a Michigan player has won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday the 13th. The three previous jackpot winners were:

  • Fred Topous, of Kent City, won a $57 million jackpot on June 13, 2008
  • Kendall Warren, of Kalamazoo, won a $27 million jackpot on Friday, May 13, 2011
  • Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron, won the game’s $66 million jackpot on Friday, June 13, 2014

Zachow is the last Michigan player to win a Mega Millions jackpot. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won a $208 million Mega Millions jackpot.  That jackpot holds the record for the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in Michigan.

The largest Lottery prize in state history was a $337 million Powerball jackpot won on Aug. 15, 2012 by Donald Lawson, of Lapeer.

The jackpot winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one year from the drawing date. Lottery officials won’t know the identity of the winner until that person contacts the Lottery.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Michigan Lottery’s Cash In To Win Giveaway Offers Players Chance to Win $20,000

The Michigan Lottery is giving online players a chance to win $20,000 with the new Cash In To Win 20K Giveaway.

Beginning Monday, players may visit MichiganLottery.com to be eligible to earn 10, 50, 100, or 500 entries into the $20,000 giveaway. Players will be required log in to their Lottery account and play a specific online game or make a deposit into their account to earn the entries. Players who do not have a Lottery online account must sign up and make a first time purchase to participate.

In addition to the $20,000 giveaway, the entries players earn also will be valid for bonus drawings that will award players a $400 online bonus. Two winners will be selected in each bonus drawing. Bonus drawings will take place on Oct. 20, Oct. 24, Oct. 27, and Oct. 31.

On Nov. 1, one lucky player will be selected in a random drawing to win the Cash In to Win $20K grand prize. Players should log in daily between Oct. 16 and Oct. 29 for a chance to earn entries.

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.

Nearly 660,000 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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