Dearborn Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Winning Powerball ticketA Dearborn woman describes winning a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery as “breathtaking.”

Carolyn Geiss, 80, matched the five white balls in the Oct. 26 drawing to win the big prize: 19-36-37-46-56. She bought her winning ticket at Charaf Oil Inc, located at 7000 Greenfield Road in Dearborn.

“I like playing all kinds of Lottery games, and Powerball is one of my favorites,” said Geiss. “I checked the winning numbers as soon as they were posted and when I saw I’d matched five numbers, it took my breath away! I have been playing the Lottery since it began, and it feels great to win big.”

Geiss recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to take care of her family.

The Powerball jackpot was last won on Nov. 19. One ticket bought in Kansas won the $93 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $81 million.

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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, 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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Allegan County Lottery Club Wins $862,958 Mega Money Match Fast Cash Jackpot

Winning Fast Cash ticketAn Allegan County lottery club won a $862,958 Mega Money Match Fast Cash jackpot their third time playing the Lottery together.

The three-person Bunker Hill lottery club bought the winning ticket at Bunker Hill Chill & Grill, located at 4203 30th Street in Dorr. Dorr is about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids.

“We recently formed our Lottery club, and this was only our third time playing together,” said the club’s representative. “We were at the restaurant for quite a while playing Fast Cash games because the jackpot was so big. We would each throw in money to purchase a ticket and then I would scan the ticket on my Lottery app to see if we won.

“When I scanned one of the tickets and confetti came up on the screen with the winning amount, I was speechless. I slid my phone down to show the other two club members and none of us could believe it. We were so excited but tried to stay calm so that other people in the restaurant wouldn’t catch on to how much we won. It has been such an exciting, overwhelming, and fun experience!”

The club recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the prize. With their winnings, each of the club members plans to pay bills and travel.

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:

  • 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.
  • Money Match – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $4,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Mega Money Match – 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.
  • Super Lucky 7s – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $9,000 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 2021, players won more than $54 million playing Fast Cash games.

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

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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

Gift Responsibly graphicThe Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players to practice responsible giving this holiday season when using Lottery tickets as gifts.

All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes tickets for games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky For Life, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays. For more information about the Lottery’s commitment responsible gaming, visit: www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people, and it is best to avoid gaming activities when stressed. The Lottery reminds players: knowing your limits is always the best bet. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline is available to provide free, one-on-one support for players who may have a problem. For confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, players may call 1-800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com.

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Detroit Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Winning Powerball ticketThe excitement of winning has yet to wear off for a Detroit woman who won a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Tonisha Jenkins, 46, matched the five white balls in the Nov. 5 drawing to win the big prize: 28-45-53-56-69. She bought her winning ticket at K&G Deli, located at 5625 Conner Street in Detroit.

“I don’t usually play Powerball, but I started purchasing tickets because of how big the jackpot was,” said Jenkins. “The day after the drawing, I got on the Michigan Lottery site to check the winning numbers and saw that a $1 million winning ticket had been sold at K&G Deli. I got excited since that was where I purchased my ticket, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. When I checked my ticket and realized I was the winner, I couldn’t believe it. I called my sister right away to tell her the good news!”

Jenkins recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to remodel her home.

“Even though it’s been a few weeks since I won, I am still just as excited as when I found out,” said Jenkins.

The Powerball jackpot was last won on Nov. 19. One ticket bought in Kansas won the $93 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $65 million.

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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, 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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Wayne County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Tracy Ortiz holding $1,500 Excellence in Education checkA Wayne County educator known for valuing and encouraging inquisitiveness has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Tracy Ortiz, is a sixth-grade science teacher with Detroit 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 $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 Ortiz will air this evening.

Ortiz credits a high school teacher for inspiring her to pursue a career in education.

“A teacher I had in high school inspired me to become a teacher. She was a teacher that I looked up to, and who always encouraged me to do my best. I was able to participate in a variety of activities with her encouragement and support. This teacher looked out for me and many other students, and we knew that she truly cared about each one of us. Our teacher set an example by genuinely caring for us.  This teacher made a difference in my life, and in turn, I would like to pay it forward. My students keep me going.”

Ortiz says using project-based learning is one of her favorite activities to do with students.

“In my class my students are offered many opportunities to engage in several challenging projects throughout the school year. Project-based learning also allows students to demonstrate leadership and perseverance within the classroom, and in all the extra-curricular activities that we participate in outside of class. Taking students outdoors to learn and having our schoolyard pollinator garden that they planted as the center of our outdoor classroom offers numerous learning experiences for my students.  I have also trained students in water quality testing through the Rouge Education Project while making connections with content in the science curriculum. This project works with schools to engage students in the stewardship of the Rouge River which is a river that runs through the watershed in which our school is located. Students gather water samples from the Rouge River to measure water quality using scientific assessments. After applying authentic testing techniques, students gather and record data identifying variable chemical changes in the water quality of the collected samples. Students identify and classify benthic macro-invertebrates as they sort through creatures harvested from the river bottom. This hands-on experience opens a new world of awareness and scientific inquiry on the health of local rivers. Outdoor and environmental education provides the opportunity for children to learn by doing.”

A colleague nominated Ortiz for the award. The nomination cited her dedication and enthusiasm for science education.

“Tracy Ortiz is one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic science educators that I know. She has made it her mission to ensure that every one of her students enjoys an authentic, three-dimensional learning experience in her classroom, where their inquisitiveness is not only valued, but encouraged. Mrs. Ortiz motivates her students to become independent and innovative thinkers, while allowing them to explore their natural world and begin solving the problems of tomorrow. Mrs. Ortiz has a sincere passion for educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and citizens who will change the world. She coaches, manages, and facilitates award-winning teams in STEM enrichment programs such as SeaPerch Underwater Robotics, Destination Imagination, Metro Detroit Science and Engineering Fair (DAPCEP), and Ecoworks. It is her goal is to extend learning beyond the classroom and provide experiences that will shape the future of her students. Not only does Tracy inspire her students, but she also motivates her colleagues to make the necessary pedagogical shifts towards creating NGSS aligned, three-dimensional learning environments across our District. Tracy regularly assists the DPSCD Office of Science in promoting the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards by participating in curriculum initiatives, co-facilitating professional developments, and serving as a mentor to other science teachers.”

Ortiz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She has been an educator for 23 years, 19 in her 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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