Wayne County Man Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Instant Keno Instant Game

A Wayne County man thinks good karma led him to the $300,000 prize that he won playing the Michigan lottery’s Instant Keno instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 31414 Ecorse Road in Romulus.

“I found a wallet full of cash at the gym and returned it to its owner,” said the 29-year-old player. “Ever since then, I’ve been riding a lucky streak.

“I won $600 and $208 playing the Daily 4 and then I decided to give an instant game a try. That’s when I won $300,000!”

Unable to believe his eyes, the player checked his ticket using the Lottery’s new mobile app.

“I got my phone out as quickly as I could and used the new Lottery app to scan my ticket,” said the player. “When the app told me I won $300,000, I knew it was legit!”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new car, a new home, and then save the remainder.

Players have won more than $2 million playing Instant Keno, which launched earlier this month. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $19 million in prizes remain, including two $300,000 top prizes and 99 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.

 

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Emmet County Man Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Double Bonus Cashword Instant Game

An Emmet County man is looking forward to some much needed financial relief after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Double Bonus Cashword instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Tom and Dick’s, located at 921 Emmet Street in Petoskey.

“I stopped was going to buy one Double Bonus Cashword ticket, but the clerk said there were only two left and asked if I wanted them both,” said the 40-year-old player. “When I scratched the ticket off, it was unbelievable. I can’t even believe I’m sitting here right now.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to set up college funds for his daughters and then save the remainder.

“I’ve had some medical issues recently and haven’t been able to work. Winning this is awesome and takes so much stress off of my shoulders,” the player said.

Players have won more than $13 million playing Double Bonus Cashword, which launched in August 2017. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $13 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, six $10,000 prizes and 26 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.

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Oakland County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Holiday Gems Instant Game

An Oakland County woman feels blessed after winning a $500,000 prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Holiday Gems instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 328 South Telegraph Road in Sylvan Lake.

“My husband and I were on our way home from dinner while I scratched the ticket off,” said the player. “As we pulled in the driveway, I saw I matched the number ‘23’ and slowly scratched off the prize.

“I saw the ‘5’ in a different spot then normal so I immediately thought I’d won $5,000. Then, I saw a couple of zeros and I said: ‘Oh my gosh! Little zeros, this is a big one!’

“My husband snatched the ticket out of my hand to see the winning amount for himself. We must have sat in our car in the driveway for 30 minutes talking about what had just happened.”

The 40-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay some bills, buy a new home, share with her church, and then save the remainder.

“Winning is indescribable. I feel blessed, excited, nervous, and happy. You never think you’ll be a big winner and it’s surreal that it’s happened,” the player said.

Players have won more than $12 million playing Holiday Gems, which launched in October 2017. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000.

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

In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.

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Novi Man Wins $198,268 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Novi man hit a jackpot in his first month of playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn Friday to win the big prize: 04-15-16-17-36. He bought his winning ticket at the Valero gas station, located at 49435 Grand River Avenue in Wixom.

The EZMatch game and the odds of winning a jackpot attracted the player to Fantasy 5, which he began playing regularly about a month ago.

“I checked my tickets when I got home from work Saturday morning,” said the player. “I always go through and check my EZMatch numbers first, because I’ve had some pretty good luck winning my money back. This ticket caught my eye and I saw I matched all five numbers.

“Believe me, I checked it a few thousand times to make sure I was reading it right.”

The lucky 63-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills, buy a new car, and then save the remainder.

“This is such a huge blessing. It’s going to feel great paying off my bills and still having a little bit left over as backup,” 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 $117,000.

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

Erin Martin poses for a photo with her husband, Art Martin, and Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Erin Martin poses for a photo with her husband, Art Martin, and Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

A Midland County educator known for helping her students grasp concepts by using non-traditional approaches, such as building catapults and launching pumpkins with them, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Erin Martin, teaches 11th grade physics and 12th grade calculus at Bullock Creek High School in Midland.  The school is part of the Bullock Creek School 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.

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

Martin said she chose a career in education because “I liked science and thought it was fun and hoped that I could make it fun for my students. I want to work hard each day for my students because they deserve my best.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “getting to help students be prepared for college and life.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination described how Martin’s “primary focus is to engage her students in non-traditional ways to learn they key concepts being taught, especially in her physics classes.”

“Erin defines what it means to go above and beyond in her efforts to engage her students in learning physics and calculus, two subjects that can be very difficult for teens if taught strictly ‘by the book,’” the nomination said.

“Her success is measured by the enthusiasm of her students, the understanding of concepts those students demonstrate on exams, and the incredible popularity of her physics classes, which are standing-room only!”

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

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

The nomination noted Martin participated two years ago in a Saginaw Valley State University/Dow Corning Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program in which a local engineer worked with her and her students on a year-long project, “Feeling the physics of a car crash: Making an impact on seat belt use.”

The project used toy cars and force probes to predict and measure the force of various types of crashes, the nomination said, adding that Martin and her students continued to work with the engineer on a variety of STEM projects, including designing a self-sufficient home, an exploration and analysis of alternative energy sources, and designing and building small scale bridges and testing how much weight they could bear.

Martin also has worked with the Delta College STEM program to provide students the opportunity to design and 3-D print mobile phone cases that could withstand a 40 mph crash.

Martin earned two degrees from Saginaw Valley State University:  a bachelor of science degree in physics, math and education and masters in natural science. She has been an educator for 19 years, all with the Bullock Creek School District.

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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