Otsego County Man Wins $155,751 Club Keno The Jack Prize from the Michigan Lottery

An Otsego County man thought he’d made a mistake when he checked his Club Keno ticket and saw he won a $155,751 The Jack prize.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won the big prize when his easy pick The Jack numbers – 03-13-14-24-31-41-55-64 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1462201 Wednesday. He bought the winning ticket at the Next Door Store, located at 308 South Nicolet Street in Mackinaw City.

“I was on a break from work when I stopped to grab a bite to eat and buy a Club Keno ticket,” said the player. “I checked it later in the day and when I saw the numbers on my ticket matched the ones drawn I thought I had made a mistake.”

After realizing what he saw was no mistake, the player called his wife to share the good news.

“My wife was incredibly excited, and still is,” said the player. “I found someone to cover the rest of my shift so I could go home and get some rest before coming to Lansing, but neither of us slept at all.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, take his wife on a European vacation for their anniversary later this year, and then save the remainder.

“Winning is such an overwhelming feeling. I’m very thankful to God that this has happened to me,” the player said.

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 11,000 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 2016, Lottery players won about $412.5 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Detroit Man Wins $270,068 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Detroit man is going to be counting cash after winning a $270,068 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn on Tuesday – 04-06-25-28-29 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at Marathon gas station, located at 13001 West 8 Mile Road in Detroit.

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his prize. With his winnings he plans to buy a second home.

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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Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing and all Lottery regional offices located in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw and Sterling Heights will be closed on Monday.

All regularly scheduled drawings will continue on Monday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has teamed up with may have office hours on Monday, however, they won’t be able to process a claim, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Tuesday at 7:45 am.

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Kalamazoo County Teacher Wins Educator of the Year Award and $10,000 Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, and Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, surprise Educator of the Year, Linda Holzwarth, with a novelty check for $10,000 during a school assembly.

Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, and Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, surprise Educator of the Year, Linda Holzwarth, with a novelty check for $10,000 during a school assembly.

A Kalamazoo County teacher has won the 2017 Educator of the Year award and a $10,000 prize from the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education program, the Lottery announced today.

The award winner, Linda Holzwarth, teaches social studies at Portage West Middle School, which is part of the Portage Public Schools.

Holzwarth is known for making her lessons fun and interactive yet demanding and for starting after school clubs to get students involved in new activities, such as knitting hats for those in need.

Tom Izzo, the Michigan State University men’s basketball coach, presented Holzwarth with the $10,000 prize today during a surprise visit to a student assembly at Portage West Middle School. About 700 students, faculty, and staff cheered as Izzo announced that Holzwarth had won the award.

“Linda Holzwarth has had a great impact on your education. You don’t realize it yet, but she’s also had a great impact on your lives,” Izzo told the students.

A stunned Holzwarth told the students that “There is only one reason that I have the honor of receiving this award. Each and every one of you in this school has made me a better person. I get smiles and hugs from you every day and you’re so curious in the classroom. You have a love of learning.”

Holzwarth, who is retiring at the end of this school year, shared one parting thought with the students: “Do small things with great love.”

The principal of Portage West Middle School, Denny Roehm, said that Holzwarth stands out among the school’s strong faculty. “She personifies what it means to be a teacher. She gets students excited about learning. She truly cares about each and every one of her students.”

Roehm noted that Holzwarth is a third generation teacher and both of her daughters are teachers, one of them in the Portage Public Schools district.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year. More than 500 educators from across the state were nominated for an award and 34, including Holzwarth, were selected to win a weekly award.

Weekly award winners receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district as well as the opportunity to be selected to receive the Educator of the Year award and its $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also was 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.

Tom Izzo talks with students in Linda Holzwarth's classroom while Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt (left), looks on.

Tom Izzo talks with students in Linda Holzwarth’s classroom while Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt (left), looks on.

“I never considered any other career,” Holzwarth said. “I knew that God called me to work with middle school students, an age group that most people want to avoid. I love every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every month, and every year of my time with kids,” she said.

Holzwarth has been an educator for 25 years, the past 20 with the Portage Public Schools. She earned a bachelor of arts degree after attending Indiana University and Western Michigan University.

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Holzwarth described her as “being the best at what she does.

“She has developed a whole new spin on learning in her classroom. The way she teaches lessons makes it so they are fun and interactive and help her students learn a great deal about the subject. She always goes above and beyond in her classroom. Students don’t just sit there and read from a textbook. She helps them learn in new ways,” the nomination said.

The nomination period for the 2017-18 Excellence in Education awards will begin on Aug. 1.

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award through the Michigan Lottery website, http://www.MichiganLottery.com, 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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Oakland County Man Wins $500,000 Playing $500,000 Gold Rush Instant Game

An Oakland County man has a clerk at a Speedway gas station to thank after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $500,000 Gold Rush instant game.

The 69-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 9601 Highland Road in White Lake.

“I stopped in for a coffee and asked for a different instant game,” said the player. “The clerk told me they didn’t have that ticket, and suggested the $500,000 Gold Rush game. I almost picked a different game, but I decided to go with Gold Rush and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

After scratching the ticket off, the player wasn’t sure if he was reading it correctly so he asked his son to take a look at the ticket.

“My eyes aren’t the greatest and I didn’t have my glasses, so I really wasn’t sure if I was seeing everything on the ticket right,” said the player. “I asked my son to take a look and he told me to call my other sons and tell them it was time to leave work for the day and go golfing!”

Winning the big prize came at a great time for the player, who has fallen on some hard times recently and been living with his sons.

The player visited Lottery headquarters today to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to help some family members, invest in his sons’ construction business, and then save the remainder.

“I am looking forward to helping some people better their lives. My family has always done right by people, and I think this is karma catching up with us,” the player said.

Players have won more than $2.6 million playing $500,000 Gold Rush, which launched earlier this month. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $40 million in prizes remain, including three $500,000 top prizes, nine $10,000 prizes, and 19 $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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