Calhoun County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Black Pearls Instant Game

$500,000 winning Black Pearls ticketA Calhoun County man couldn’t stop shaking after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Black Pearls instant game.

The lucky 38-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket at the Columbia C-Store, located at 1265 Columbia Avenue East in Battle Creek.

“I purchased a Black Pearls ticket while I was at the store and scratched it when I got in my car,” said the player. “When I saw I’d won $500,000, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I tried calming myself down, but I was shaking the whole way home. I still can’t believe it’s real!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a home.

Players have won more than $7 million playing Black Pearls which launched in August. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $24 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and eight $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games.

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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Bought at MichiganLottery.com; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

Lucky for Life logoA 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 online at MichiganLottery.com matched the five white balls drawn Tuesday night – 05-26-28-37-42 – to win the big prize. This is the seventh time a Michigan player has won a lifetime prize playing Lucky For Life this year.

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

  • Annual $25,000 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 Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2 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. Drawings take place at 10:38 p.m. seven days-a-week. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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

Nathan Fischer Holding $1,500 Excellence in Education CheckA Barry County educator known for the influence he has on his students has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Nathan Fischer, is a second grade teacher at Lee Elementary. The school is part of the Thornapple 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 Fischer will air this evening.

Fischer said having four older siblings who are teachers led him to a career in education.

“With four older siblings who are teachers, I would often visit and help in their classrooms throughout my high school and college years. Seeing the huge impact they had on their students inspired me to become a teacher as well.”

Fischer’s favorite activity to do with students is March Book Madness.

“Our school is currently participating in March Book Madness. March is one of my favorite times of the year because of the focus on reading. In March Book Madness, 16 picture books are selected, read to the students, and then voted on identify which book is the champion. The kids get geeked as the results roll in.

“Another favorite activity of mine is my daily read aloud. It inspires a love of reading within my students and shows my commitment to literacy simply by enjoying a good read.”

A parent of one of Fischer’s students nominated him for the award. The nomination cited the influence he has on his students and how he always goes above and beyond to help with parent’s concerns.

“Mr. Fischer is always willing to go above and beyond to help with parents’ concerns. For example, I sent an email expressing some concerns regarding not being able to monitor my son due to a medical condition. Mr. Fischer’s response immediately came back with comforting remarks about keeping an extra eye on him. He not only showed he cared for my son but was thinking about how I felt and wanted to put me at ease.

“Mr. Fischer thinks about each student’s learning style and tailors lessons to the individual, while remaining within the confines of teaching the entire class. For example, he creates individualized charts in different areas of life to help each student perform a task on their own. For my son, he created a chart to help him get ready for recess by showing step-by-step instructions of what to put on first, second, etc. Mr. Fischer realized this was something he struggled with and knew it would be helpful. It helped him learn to problem solve while enjoying the accomplishment of doing it on his own. My son has made great progress this year and I can tell Mr. Fischer has been a great influence on him.”

Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has been an educator for 17 years, the last 16 in his current position.

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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Oakland County Man Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bingo Blockbuster Instant Game

Winning Bingo Blockbuster TicketAn Oakland County man couldn’t contain his excitement when he won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bingo Blockbuster instant game.

The lucky 88-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 8320 Highland Road in White Lake.

“I purchased four Bingo tickets while I was at the store and won $50 on them, so I used my winnings to purchase a few more,” said the player. “I scratched the ticket and looked it over, but I wasn’t sure how much I’d won. When I called the Lottery office and they told me my ticket was a $300,000 winner, I started cheering! I couldn’t contain my excitement.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to take a vacation to Northern Michigan and then save the remainder.

Players have won more than $6 million playing Bingo Blockbuster which launched in June. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $19 million in prizes remain, including two $300,000 top prizes, two $12,000 prizes, and four $10,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games.

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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Bought in Warren; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

Lucky for Life LogoA 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 matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 02-18-27-41-45 – to win the big prize. The winning ticket was bought at Happy Days Party Store, located at 32855 Schoenherr Road in Warren. This is the sixth time a Michigan player has won a lifetime prize playing Lucky For Life this year.

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

  • Annual $25,000 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 Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2 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. Drawings take place at 10:38 p.m. seven days-a-week. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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