Allegan County Man Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

An Allegan County man feels like a “bowling ball is off his shoulders” after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

John Scott, of Plainwell, matched the five white balls drawn Feb. 11 – 07-09-15-31-39 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at Harding’s Friendly Market, located at 533 Allegan Street in Plainwell.

“I play draw games regularly and have a morning routine to check my tickets,” said Scott, 62. “I wake up each morning, check my tickets, usually toss them in the garbage and then head to work, but the morning of Feb. 12 was different.

“I checked my tickets and then I had to verify the date a few times to make sure I had really won. I told my wife that I was a winner, and she couldn’t believe it. After all the excitement had settled down, I still went to work.”

Scott visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $390,000, rather than annual payments of $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

With his winnings, Scott plans to pay off his home, take care of some renovations, and then share with family.

“We’re so close to retirement and you never know if you’ll have enough. Winning this will allow us to pay off our home, and that is like having a bowling ball lifted off our shoulders,” Scott said.

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 and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Bought in Highland Park; 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 Monterey Party Store, located at 12119 Woodward Avenue matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 03-04-18-31-43 – to win the big prize. This is the seventh time a Michigan Lottery player has won a lifetime prize in the Lucky for Life game 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 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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Clinton Township Woman Wins $150,000 Powerball Prize

Purchasing tickets for a family member paid off for a Clinton Township woman who won a $150,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Diana Marchetti, matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball – 14-20-39-65-67 PB: 02 – in the Jan. 16 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied to $150,000. She bought her winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 42020 Garfield in Clinton Township.

“I was purchasing tickets for one of my family members and decided to purchase a few for myself,” said the 75-year-old Marchetti. “I was checking my tickets the next morning and saw I had matched the Powerball and thought I’d gotten my money back. I continued matching more of my numbers and I couldn’t believe it.

“I called my sister right away and had her read the numbers she saw back to me to confirm that I had won. It was such an exciting and satisfying feeling.”

Marchetti visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to remodel her home and invest.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. 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. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Detroit Man Wins $1,000 a Day for Life Playing Lucky for Life

A Detroit business owner is looking forward to an early retirement after winning $1,000 a day for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Roderick Slaughter, of Detroit, matched the five white balls and the Lucky ball – 07-09-15-31-39 LB: 01 – in the Feb. 11 drawing to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I usually play the Lotto 47 game but decided to try out the Lucky for Life game,” said Slaughter. “I grabbed my phone the morning after the drawing to check my ticket and couldn’t believe it when I realized I had won. I woke my wife up right away saying: ‘Is this real?!’

“You play the Lottery with the intent to win, but never expect it, so I was in disbelief. I had to convince myself that I had really won,” said Slaughter.

Slaughter visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $5.75 million rather than annual payments of $365,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

With his winnings, he plans to retire early, invest, and establish a legacy fund for his grandkid’s education.

“Winning this prize allows us to fast forward our plans. We will be able to travel and spend more time with our family,” said Slaughter.

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 and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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

A Huron County educator known for serving as teacher, counselor, principal, cook, and secretary in a one-room schoolhouse has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Amy Schweitzer, is a general education kindergarten through eighth grade teacher at the Verona Mills School. The school is part of the Huron Intermediate 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 Schweitzer will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Schweitzer said she felt called to a career in education.

“I worked in a business setting for years, but after having my four children I felt a calling to education. It is something I had always considered doing.”

She said watching her students grow and making a difference are her favorite parts of being an educator.

“Watching my students grow and knowing that I made a difference in their lives is what motivates me. Helping my students find their potential is truly rewarding.”

A parent nominated Schweitzer for the award. The nomination cited the many hats she wears and her positive attitude.

“While many teachers teach one grade or one subject, Amy teaches in a rural, one room schoolhouse. She teaches grades kindergarten through eighth grade, all subjects. She also wears many other hats, such as the principal, the secretary, the counselor, the nurse, the cook, the sports coach, the leader of extracurricular activities such as Quiz Bowl and robotics and much, much more!

“Most importantly she does all this with a big smile. Her number one priority is the education of each and every student and getting them to put forth their best effort.

“During the recent COVID-19 shutdown, she delivered books and laptops to each of her students so they could keep up with their lessons. She stays late to help students who are struggling and always keeps the parents involved.”

Schweitzer earned a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She has been an educator for 13 years, the last 11 with the Verona Mills School.

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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