Wayne County Man Claims $1.3 Million Fast Cash Jackpot

A Wayne County man is sending his wife on a trip after winning a $1.3 million jackpot from the Michigan Lottery playing the Doubler Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Vreeland Market, located at 26796 Allen Road in Woodhaven.

“I usually play Club Keno, but my nephew was playing Fast Cash and I decided to give it a try,” said the player. “When we looked over the ticket, my nephew started screaming that I’d won. It’s so hard to believe that I really hit the jackpot!

“I went home and told my wife I was sending her on a trip, and she just laughed because she thought I was joking. Then I showed her the ticket and told her she could take the trip she’d been hoping to go on with our church. She was speechless.”

The 59-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay for his wife’s trip, share with his family, and then invest the remainder in his retirement account.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $2 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games 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 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 to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Big Bowling Bucks – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $600 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.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 50X The Cash – 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.
  • Doubler Wild Time Progressive – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $6,000 and 100 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.
  • Lucky 7s – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $4,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 100X The Cash – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.
  • Jumbo Jackpot Slots – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot plus $250,000.

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

In 2019, players won more than $61 million playing Fast Cash games.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Wexford County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $500,000 Lucky 7’s Instant Game

A Wexford County man plans to invest in his business after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $500,000 Lucky 7’s instant game.

“I had been keeping an eye on the top remaining prizes online,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I was on my way to work and stopped to buy a couple tickets. I won a small amount and later in the day invested those winnings and it paid off!”

The player bought his winning ticket at the Admiral gas station, located at 805 South Mitchell Street in Cadillac.

The 31-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to invest in his business, buy a new home, and set up a savings account for his daughter.

“There’s never a bad time to win, but I recently started a business and this is going to really help me get that going,” the player said.

Players have won more than $5 million playing $500,000 Lucky 7’s, which launched in January. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $20 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes, eight $10,000 prizes, and 18 $2,000 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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Ottawa County Woman Wins $185,063 Club Keno The Jack Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Chris-Ann Martini and her husband, Darrell, smile after collecting a $185,063 Club Keno The Jack prize.

Chris-Ann Martini and her husband, Darrell, smile after collecting a $185,063 Club Keno The Jack prize.

Keeping a close eye on The Jack paid off for an Ottawa County woman, who won $185,063.

“I was out to lunch and my husband, Darrell, noticed that The Jack was getting pretty high,” said Chris-Ann Martini. “We kept watching here and there and the next thing we knew, The Jack had reset to $10,000.

“I had a lucky feeling, so I walked over to the scanner to check my ticket and then had a co-worker double check it for me with the Lottery app. I was then, and still am, in shock!”

Martini's winning ticket.

Martini’s winning ticket.

The 46-year-old Martini matched her easy pick The Jack numbers – 08-14-16-20-54-61-64-71 – to eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1801553. She bought her winning ticket at the Lake Michigan Sports Bar, located at 4072 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest in Walker.

With her winnings, Martini plans to invest in her retirement account.

The Jack is a Club Keno add-on game that players may add to their Club Keno wager for as little as $1 per draw. With The Jack, players get eight easy pick numbers to match to the Club Keno numbers drawn. Players may win prizes ranging from $1 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. To win the jackpot, players must match all eight numbers.

Club Keno may be played at the 10,500 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings take place every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.

In 2019, Lottery players won about $410 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Rockford Man Wins $200,830 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Randy Vansingel and his wife, Joni, smile after collecting a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Randy Vansingel and his wife, Joni, smile after collecting a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

A Rockford man is looking forward to “financial relief” after winning a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

Randy Vansingel, 63, matched the matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Monday to win the big prize 09-27-28-31-34. He bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 11800 Northland Drive Northeast in Rockford.

“I play a few numbers for Fantasy 5 each day,” said Vansingel. “Every morning before I head to work, I check my tickets. This morning I got the surprise of a lifetime!

“I was yelling for my wife, Joni, and could hardly get the words out to tell her I’d won the jackpot. We both had to rub our eyes and read the numbers a few times before we could believe it.

Vansingel's winning ticket.

Vansingel’s winning ticket.

“It’s been a tough few years and this is going to give us some financial relief. I won’t have to work overtime any more just to make ends meet.”

Vansingel recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize.

“I’m going to pay all of my bills and then take Joni out for a lobster dinner if there’s enough left over,” Vansingel said.

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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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 $100,000.

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

Mary Hulliberger (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Mary Hulliberger (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Oakland County educator known for her dedication to help students explore new opportunities to develop their abilities and build confidence in themselves has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Mary Hulliberger, is the director of bands at Walled Lake Northern High School, which is part of the Walled Lake Consolidated 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 Hulliberger will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Hulliberger said she was attracted to a career in education because “from an early age, I liked music. I had a dynamic middle school and high school teacher.  I knew music education was for me!”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “the ‘Ah-ha!’ moments when students get it! And on stage, after the work and process and we are sharing all our work in concert.”

Hulliberger said she’s motivated to do her best because “I know that I make a difference each day! Each kid is worth the extra effort! It is a joy for me to go to school every day!”

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

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

A student nominated Hulliberger for the Excellence in Education award, saying that “she goes out of her way to provide opportunities to help her students grow.”

“In the four years that I’ve had her as a teacher, she’s offered me endless opportunities and encouraged me to improve,” the nomination said.  “For my senior year, she provided me leadership opportunities that gave me the chance to grow. She made me a section leader in marching band, gave me the chance to lead a jazz ensemble, and provided me the opportunity to help direct the freshman concert band. I am planning to continue playing in a jazz band in college!

“Our bands have scored high at all of our competitions under her leadership. She has taken her students to England to march in a New Year’s parade and to Disneyworld to perform there.

“Mrs. Hulliberger makes a point to get to know all of her students. She has a great sense of humor and provides a welcoming environment for everyone from freshman to senior year, even people outside the band program. Anyone in the school who needs help can go to her door, and she’ll do her best to help them. If you walk into class upset, she pulls you aside and asks in a humorous way: ‘Who do I need to beat up?’ and then offers you a chance to talk about the situation. When I got into a car accident before school, she let me in her office to cry. When the class was over, she let me talk about my ordeal.”

Hulliberger earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University – where she was the first female drum major for the school’s marching band – and a master’s degree in conducting from Southern Oregon University.  She has been an educator for 21 years, the past 11 with the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.

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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