Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $345 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballThere is $345 million up for grabs in tonight’s Powerball jackpot. The cash option for the jackpot is about $199 million.

If a Michigan player wins tonight’s $345 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot 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. today.

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.

Powerball drawings take 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 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to $900 Million

MSL MegaMillions LogoThe Mega Millions jackpot jumped by $32 million, and now stands at a record $900 million for Friday’s drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is $513 million.

The $900 million jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot. One ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on July 24.

The last Michigan player to win a Mega Millions jackpot was Kevin Blake, of Waterford. Blake won half of the game’s $42 million jackpot in October 2017. The other winning ticket was purchased in Rhode Island.

If a Michigan player wins Friday’s $900 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state and the largest ever Michigan Lottery prize. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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 for Friday’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to $667 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot jumped by $13 million, and now stands at a record $667 million for tonight’s drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is $380 million

The $667 million jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot. One ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on July 24.

The last Michigan player to win a Mega Millions jackpot was Kevin Blake, of Waterford. Blake won half of the game’s $42 million jackpot in October 2017. The other winning ticket was purchased in Rhode Island.

If a Michigan player wins tonight’s $667 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state and the largest ever Michigan Lottery prize. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. 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 for tonight’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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

Erika Fatura poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Erika Fatura poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Oceana County educator known for using lab work and hands-on activities to share her love of science with students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Erika Fatura, teaches eighth through 12th grade science in the Pentwater Public Schools. Fatura also helps her students grow as individuals by leading an alcohol and drug awareness program and a recycling club.  Plus, she serves as the varsity coach for the track and cross country teams and is the junior class advisor.

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

Fatura said she chose a career in education because “I have a passion for science and wanted to be in a position to encourage young people to develop a passion for learning science.

“I love the opportunity to be able to be a positive role model to young people.  My main goal is to instill confidence in my students in their ability to think, reason, and solve problems.”

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

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

Fatura said her students motivate her to do her best every day.  “My students deserve 100 percent from me at all times.  I truly love what I do and for that reason, it never feels like work.  Those times when one of my students has an ‘Aha!’ moment are what make it all worthwhile.”

A colleague from a neighboring school nominated Fatura for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “always going above and beyond for her students and striving to be the best teacher she can be.”

“If you walk into her classroom, you will see students engaged with a hands-on activity, lab experience or actively participating in a small group or whole group discussion,” the nomination said, adding that Fatura “brings her passion and love to the classroom.”

“Erika is a highly effective teacher and to describe her as ‘involved’ in school events and organizations would be an understatement.  She organizes Red Ribbon Week, an anti-alcohol and drug program.  She leads the Green School Club, focusing on recycling.  She is the junior class advisor and is responsible for overseeing the junior-senior prom each year.”

The nomination added Fatura also serves as a mentor to other teachers.  “I can honestly say I am a better teacher because of my opportunities to connect with Erika and discuss ideas with her.”

Fatura earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, zoology and secondary education at Michigan State University.  She went on to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and education at Michigan State.  She has been an educator for 16 years, the last 15 with the Pentwater Public 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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$1 Million Winning Powerball Ticket Bought in Sterling Heights

Michigan Lottery PowerballA Michigan Lottery player won $1 million in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing.

A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 11-14-32-43-65 – in Saturday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. The winning ticket was bought at the Kroger store, located at 43893 Schoenherr Road in Sterling Heights.

The $1 million winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Powerball are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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