Saginaw County Man Wins $2 Million Playing Michigan Lottery’s $2,000,000 Bonus Instant Game

A Saginaw County man turned the worst day of his life into the best day of his life after winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $2,000,000 Bonus instant game.

“I was having the absolute worst day of my life,” said the 49-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I was stressed from work and it seemed like everything that could go wrong was going wrong.

“I stopped to buy a soda and had a winning $10 ticket to turn in. I put another $10 with it and told the clerk to pick out a $20 ticket for me.”

The clerk at the Marathon gas station, located at 12018 Liberty Street in Clio, grabbed a $20 $2,000,000 Bonus instant game ticket and handed it to the player.

“I scratched the ticket in the store and I was in shock when I saw I had won $2 million,” said the player. “I waited for everyone to leave the store and went back to the clerk and asked her to scan my ticket. She looked it over and hit the floor when she saw I won $2 million.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new truck and then invest the remainder.

“Winning the Lottery feels great. My wife and I have always found a way to make ends meet, but it hasn’t always been easy, so winning is a huge relief,” the winner said.

Players have won more than $59.4 million playing $2,000,000 Bonus, which launched in May 2016. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $9.3 million in prizes remain, including one $2 million top prize, nine $5,000 prizes, and 55 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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

Jeff Sewick poses for a photo with (left to right) his father, Robert Sewick, mother, Gail Sewick, third grade teachers, Katie Dufresne, and Devon Detmers, and teaching partner, Jamie McKennon, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Jeff Sewick poses for a photo with (left to right) his father, Robert Sewick, mother, Gail Sewick, third grade teachers, Katie Dufresne, and Devon Detmers, and teaching partner, Jamie McKennon, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Eaton County educator known for encouraging his students to excel in the classroom and make a difference in the lives of others through community projects and personal interactions has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jeff Sewick, teaches third grade at Wacousta Elementary School, in Eagle.  The school is part of the Grand Ledge Public 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 $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, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Sewick will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, who recently presented Sewick with the award at the Breslin Center.

Sewick said that his grandmother, Virginia Sewick, was a secretary at an elementary school and his mother, Gail Sewick, was a librarian at an elementary school.  He added that the wonderful memories he has of being in and around elementary schools as a youngster and his love of working with children led him to a career in education.

“I have always had the most fun interacting with and being with kids.  I worked at Michigan State University’s Spartan Child Development Center in college and I knew that I could make a career out of working with kids,” he said.  “I love coming to school every day and greeting the kids with a smile and knowing I can make their day a good day. The kids are awesome and the best part of being an educator.”

Jeff Sewick talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Jeff Sewick talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Sewick said a simple goal motivates him to give his best each day:  “I want to make students love school.  I strive to make each day awesome for my class. The love and joy that the students bring to me each day motivate me to do my best and create opportunities to make each day special.  I want to engage my students, so I bring my best every day. Our classroom motto this year is ‘Be More Awesome!’ That pushes me and my students every day.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Sewick described him as teaching his students more than reading, writing, math and science.

“Every day, Mr. Sewick makes his students feel smart, special, and loved.  He teaches each of them how to be a better person and make the world a better place.  He teaches them to help the less fortunate and be kind to others.

“This year, his class made blankets for the homeless. His students also wrote letters to homeless veterans on Veterans Day and they participated in a sock drive to get socks for those in need. These are just a few examples of his kindness and love and that he’s teaching to his students.  Every day he encourages 23 boys and girls to go out and ‘Be the reason someone smiles today.’”

Sewick earned two bachelor of arts degrees from Michigan State University, one in elementary education and another in finance. He also has earned a master’s degree in literacy instruction from Michigan State.  He has been an educator for 20 years, all with the Grand Ledge Public 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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Last Minute Stop Leads to a $627,144 Fantasy 5 Jackpot for Saginaw County Man

A Saginaw County man has his wife and a lucky impulse to thank for winning a $627,144 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn Saturday night: 03-19-20-25-38. He bought his winning ticket at the Shamrock Party Store, located at 105 South Center Street in Saginaw.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve bought a Fantasy 5 ticket each week,” said the player. “My wife never plays the Lottery, but Saturday she asked me to stop and play five numbers for her, so I got her a ticket.

“I was walking out of the store with $4 in my hand and I thought ‘What the heck? Why not get four Fantasy 5 tickets?’ So I went back to the counter and bought four Easy Picks.”

That night, when the player saw the winning numbers displayed on his TV he knew he had won at least $100.

“I always play 19-20-25-38, so I was excited to have won $100,” said the player. “When I checked the extra tickets I bought and saw I matched all five numbers I sank into my chair, looked up to the sky and said ‘Thank you God!’”

The player and his wife visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his house, buy his wife a new car, take a trip to Hawaii, and then invest the remainder.

“The ticket I bought for my wife wasn’t a winner, but I told my wife to pick out whatever kind of car she wanted. Without her asking me to stop and buy her a ticket, I never would have won,” the player 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. 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 $105,000.

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Michigan Lottery Players Can Score Big with Home Run Riches

The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with Major League Baseball® and the Detroit Tigers™ for the Home Run Riches raffle that will have Lottery players swinging for the fences this summer!

Starting Sunday, fans may purchase tickets for the Home Run Riches raffle at Lottery retailers. Players may purchase a single play for $5 each, five plays for $20, 15 plays for $50, or 40 plays for $100. Tickets for the raffle will be sold until May 17. The jackpot drawing for Home Run Riches will take place on May 18.

Each ticket for the 50/50 raffle offers a chance to win a jackpot which grows with every ticket sold.

Additionally, bonus drawings will be conducted on April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3. Each bonus drawing will award one World Series® trip for two, and one Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket package for two. Players automatically are entered in the bonus drawings when they purchase their tickets. Players will be eligible for all bonus drawings after they purchase their Home Run Riches tickets, so the earlier they buy, the more chances they have to win. Players who win the bonus drawings still will be eligible for the jackpot drawing.

Winners of the 2017 World Series trip prize will receive:

  • Two tickets to game two, three, or four of the 2017 World Series
  • Round-trip coach airfare for two people to World Series host city (as applicable)
  • Round-trip ground transportation between destination airport and hotel (as applicable)
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights
  • $500 for spending money and transportation between the hotel and game
  • One 2017 World Series merchandise gift

Winners of the Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket packages will receive two lower baseline box season tickets and one parking pass for the regular season home schedule.

An online version on the Home Run Riches game will be available at MichiganLottery.com. Beginning Monday, fans will have a chance to win up $60,000 playing Home Run Riches online. Fans will earn one entry into an online bonus drawing each day they play the game within each entry period. Bonus drawings will award 2017 World Series trips for two, and Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket packages for two. Entry periods and drawing dates are:

  • March 27 – April 24 (Draw Date: April 26)
  • April 25 – May 29 (Draw Date: May 31)
  • May 30 – July 5 (Draw Date: July 7)
  • July 6 – August 7 (Draw Date: August 9)

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Hot Streak: Jackson County Woman Wins Second Big Lottery Prize in 2017

A Michigan Lottery player who racked up two big wins in less than three months is ready to claim the title of luckiest woman in Jackson County.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $60,000 playing VIP Black online Tuesday. In January, she won $2 million playing the Lottery’s $2,000,000 Bonus instant game. She bought that winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 8037 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor.

“I’ve got to be the luckiest woman in Jackson County,” said the player. “I’m just still in awe that I won another huge Lottery prize.

“VIP Black is my favorite online game. Since I’m retired now, I have some spare time and decided to play the game Tuesday afternoon. I hit for $60,000 on the first number of my third ticket.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim her big prize. She plans to save her winnings and continue to enjoying retirement with her husband.

“This really has been the most amazing year for me. It’s like a big fat dream and I don’t want to wake up,” she said.

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.

More than 510,000 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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