Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $229 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballThe cash keeps piling up for Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot, which now stands at $229 million. The cash option for the jackpot is about $145 million.

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.

If a Michigan player wins tonight’s $229 million jackpot, it would be the third-largest Powerball prize 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.

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. tonight.

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

Beth Quimby poses for a photo with her husband after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Beth Quimby poses for a photo with her husband after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

A Midland County educator known for providing students with individual attention to help them succeed in the classroom and for using different approaches, such as a school store, to enhance their learning has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Beth Quimby, teaches third grade at Chestnut Hill Elementary in Midland.  The school is part of the Midland 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 segment featuring Quimby will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Quimby said her favorite parts of being an educator are “seeing children realize that they can be successful at anything they put their minds to and being a part of shaping children’s lives and helping them become caring global learners and team learners.

“I come from a family of teachers, so it was what I knew I would do from the start.  It was a natural fit,” she said of choosing education as her career.

Quimby said her students motivate her to do her best every day.  “I know I am making a difference for every child in my classroom.  I believe it is my responsibility, as their teacher, to help them to be successful and challenge them so they can become whatever they desire to be.”

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

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

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Quimby described her as “a kind and very caring teacher.”

“She is always early to school and one of the last to leave.  If a student needs extra help, she gives up her lunch hour to help them.  She works very hard to make sure that every student is working to his or her full ability.  She will present course material in many different ways so all the students understand what is being taught,” the nomination said.

“She makes learning fun by using many different tools.  Our third graders run a school store and she is there teaching them about money, costs and profits and how the profits from the store support community projects.”

Quimby earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and a bachelor of arts in special education, both from Michigan State University.  She also earned a master of arts in classroom teaching from Central Michigan University.  She has been an educator for 32 years, all with the Midland 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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$2 Million Jackpot Winning Lotto 47 Ticket Sold in Ottawa County

Lotto 47 with EZMatchA lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Lotto 47 ticket in Ottawa County is millionaire after winning the game’s $2 million jackpot.

The winning ticket matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday: 01-12-15-29-41-44. The winning ticket was bought at the Meijer store, located at 3320 West Shore Drive in Holland. This is the eighth time in 2017 a player has won the Lotto 47 jackpot.

The lucky ticket holder from Wednesday’s drawing should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to make an appointment to claim the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Lotto 47 tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $212 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballSaturday’s Powerball jackpot – which now stands at $212 million – could change the life of a lucky Michigan Lottery player. The cash option for the jackpot is about $133 million.

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.

If a Michigan player wins Saturday’s $212 million jackpot, it would be the third-largest Powerball prize 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.

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. Saturday.

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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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

The 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 responsible giving campaign, visit: www.milotteryconnect.com/holiday-responsible-giving.

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 800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

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