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 take place 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 claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

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

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Wayne County Man Wins $2 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler Instant Game

An “odd” strategy led to a Wayne County man winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Busatti Party Store, located at 12868 Eureka Road in Southgate.

“I like playing instant games, but only buy odd-numbered tickets,” said the 22-year-old player. “The Diamond Dazzler game is my favorite, so I asked the clerk what number the ticket was. When she said ’21,’ I told her I wanted it.

“I scratched it off in the store and when I saw it was a winner I looked at the clerk and then at my buddy who was with me, and ran out to my car.”

The player visited lottery headquarters on Wednesday 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 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, the player plans to buy a new vehicle and then invest the remainder.

“Winning this much money at my age gives me endless opportunities if I’m smart about how I spend it, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” the player said.

Players have won more than $29 million playing Diamond Dazzler, which launched in December 2017. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $72 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes, 10 $10,000 prizes, 22 $5,000 prizes, and 36 $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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Vietnam Veteran Wins $150,000 Powerball Prize

A Vietnam veteran from Lansing believes his late wife guided him to a $150,000 Powerball prize.

Ernest Spagnuolo, 71, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 03-06-09-17-56 PB: 25 – in Saturday’s drawing. That usually is a $50,000 prize, but he selected the Powerplay option that multiplied the prize by three, yielding a $150,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket at Gorman’s Food Market, located at 2800 North Grand River Avenue in Lansing.

“I checked my ticket online and saw I won $150,000, but I didn’t believe it,” said Spagnuolo. “I signed the ticket just in case I had a winner, and yelled for my son to come check my ticket.

“Once I realized it was real, I started thinking about how to spend it. Winning means I can go to the Vietnam Veterans Association Reunion in North Carolina this September.”

In addition to his trip, Spagnuolo plans to pay some bills and enjoy some camping and fishing this summer.

“I’m still giddy and in the clouds about winning! My wife passed away recently, and I know she was looking out for me on this,” Spagnuolo said.

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.

The Powerball drawing takes 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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Two Michigan Lottery Players Win Free Fuel for a Year from Speedway

Two lucky motorists will be filling their tanks for free for a year thanks to the Michigan Lottery and Speedway LLC (Speedway).

Stephen Buckley, of Wyoming, and Melissa Leininger, of Albion, were selected in a random drawing and each winner will receive a $2,500 Speedway gift card. Nearly 89,000 Speedy Rewards members earned entries into the drawing.

Eight other Lottery players won $400 in instant tickets:

  • James Johnson, of Battle Creek,
  • Katherine McCabe, of Williamston
  • Thomas Morin, of Lowell
  • Patrick O’Connell, of Roseville
  • Carl Tittler, of North Adams
  • Jovan Tueni, of White Lake
  • Kris Vasicek, of Ypsilanti
  • Thomas Warschefsky, of Williamston

Players who bought instant game tickets at Speedway convenience stores and scanned their registered Speedy Rewards® card were entered in a giveaway to win free fuel for a year. Players earned one entry for each dollar spent on Michigan Lottery instant games. There was no limit on the number of entries a player could earn.

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Lansing Woman Wins $150,000 Powerball Prize

Persistence paid off for a Lansing woman who won $150,000 playing Powerball.

Billie Lantis, 61, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 03-06-09-17-56 PB: 25 – in Saturday’s drawing. That usually is a $50,000 prize, but she selected the Powerplay option that multiplied the prize by three, yielding a $150,000 prize. She bought her winning ticket at East Paris Discount Liquor, located at 2871 East Paris Southeast in Kentwood.

“Every night there is a Powerball drawing I wake up at 11:05 p.m. to check my tickets,” said Lantis. “I don’t set an alarm, I just wake up like clockwork every time.

“When I woke up Saturday, I asked my husband to look over the ticket. When he told me we’d matched four numbers plus the Powerball, I was so excited. We spent the rest of the night planning how to spend the money.”

Lantis has played Powerball for years. Each month she and her husband travel to East Paris Discount Liquor in Kentwood to buy a month’s worth of tickets. Kentwood is about 50 miles west of Lansing.

“I heard about a big winner that was bought at the East Paris Discount Liquor store, so I told my husband we ought to start buying tickets there,” said Lantis. “Each month we take a day trip over to grab dinner and buy our tickets. I don’t think either of us expected to keep going there year after year but the owners are so nice and it really paid off for us.”

Lantis visited Lottery headquarters on Monday to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to complete a home renovation project that she’s started, take a vacation, and then save the remainder.

“It feels great to win! It takes away the stress of our home renovation project,” Lantis said.

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.

The Powerball drawing takes 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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