Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, 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 Thursday and Friday.

All regularly scheduled game drawings will continue on Thursday and Friday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has teamed up with may have office hours on Thursday and Friday, however, they will not be able to process claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Monday at 7:45 a.m.

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Mackinac County Man Wins $4.3 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Mackinac County man can’t wait to “share with family” after winning a $4.3 million Lotto 47 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Nov. 1: 16-20-23-32-37-45. He bought his winning ticket at the Kwik Mart, located at 330 East Main Street in Walkerville. This is the seventh time in 2017 a player has won the Lotto 47 jackpot.

“I was visiting family members down state and stopped to buy a Lotto 47 ticket,” said the player. “A few days later, I was having a burger and beer near my home when I noticed my wallet was full of tickets, so I started scanning them on the self-service machine.

“When I scanned the Lotto 47 ticket, I got a funny message so I set it aside thinking I’d check it again at the end of my tickets. When I checked it again, I got the same message, so I took it up to the bartender. She handed it back to me and told me I’d won big. I asked my stepdaughter to text the winning numbers from Nov.1 to me. When I saw I’d matched all six, I screamed: ‘Oh my god!’”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.8 million, rather than an annuity. He plans to share his winnings with his family, and may buy a newer truck.

“This is still all sinking in,” said the player. “I can’t wait to help my family out with this jackpot. When I see the look on each of their faces is when I think it will really set in that I’m a millionaire.”

“I’ve got six kids and several grandkids, so I’ll probably be half-broke by the time I’m done with them,” the player joked. “But it’ll be worth it!”

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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Sanilac County Man Wins $325,101 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Sanilac County man is looking forward to a more comfortable retirement after winning a $325,101 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn Nov. 9 to win the big prize: 01-12-21-37-39. He bought his winning ticket at the Pilot Travel Center, located at 3475 East Washington in Saginaw.

“I’ve been playing the same numbers for about a year,” said the player. “When I saw the numbers that night on TV, I thought they looked familiar. I double checked them on my phone just to be sure before I began celebrating.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, and then save the remainder.

“Winning makes me feel like a puppy in its first snow! It’s shocking, but it’s great to know my wife and I will have a more comfortable retirement,” 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 $100,000.

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

Steve Moskal poses for a photo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Steve Moskal poses for a photo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Macomb County educator known for inspiring students to succeed and overcome any obstacles they may face both in the classroom and beyond has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Steve Moskal, teaches biology and robotics at Clintondale High School, which is part of the Clintondale Community 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 news segment featuring Moskal will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Moskal said his favorite part of being an educator is “working with kids.  It’s very rewarding, especially when you see them go on to achieve bigger and better things, such as going to college and having careers.”

He said he’s always loved coaching and teaching young people, and that led him to a career in education.

Moskal said his students motivate him to do his best every day. “When I see my students succeed, that is my No. 1 motivation. From success on projects and tests to success at the collegiate level, it’s wonderful to see young people do well.”

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

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

A student nominated Moskal for the Excellence in Education award and described him as “truly kind hearted and one of the most inspiring and caring teachers I’ve ever met.”

“Mr. Moskal is a phenomenal teacher, he spends hours making sure that we understand the information. He has a huge heart and always is there to lend a hand, he is someone that all his students look up to and he has helped multiple students graduate and pursue higher education,” the nomination said.

“He goes above and beyond for any student who needs help in anything whether it’s college applications or chemistry homework. Mr. Moskal is a great role model to all of his students. He tells his students to never give up and never let anything stop you from achieving your dream.

“I was a part of Mr. Moskal’s robotics class/team and despite our financial disadvantage, we made it all the way to the semifinals two years in a row of the FIRST Robotics Competition! We learned leadership skills, teamwork and valuable life lessons that will guide us through college and higher education.

“Mr. Moskal taught me the importance of helping others, giving back to my community and keeping a positive mindset. Mr. Moskal is the reason why I want to be an educator. I want to help shine a positive light in my community.”

Moskal earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Southeastern University.  He has been an educator for 21 years, all with the Clintondale Community School District.

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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Michigan Lottery at 45: More Than $36 Billion in Prizes to Players; Lottery Celebrates with Free Online Games

Michigan Lottery players and the state’s School Aid Fund have been big winners since the Lottery began 45 years ago.

Sales of the Lottery’s inaugural game – the 50-cent Green Game – began on Nov. 13, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has awarded more than $36 billion in prizes to players and provided more than $21 billion to support public education in Michigan.

To celebrate 45 years of supporting public education and boosting bank accounts for players across the state, the Lottery is giving players 45 free entries into the $500 a Day Giveaway and free games of the popular online game, Queen of Diamonds on Monday, Nov. 13. To participate in these special offers, players should log in to their Lottery accounts at MichiganLottery.com. New players should sign-up for an account at MichiganLottery.com using the promo code “45YEARS” to participate in the promotional offer. The special promotional offer expires at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 40 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 674,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $337 million playing games online.

Milestones in Lottery history include:

  • Nov. 13, 1972: Sales begin for the 50-cent Green Game.
  • Nov. 24, 1972: First weekly drawing for the Lottery’s Green Game.
  • Feb. 22, 1973: Hermus Millsaps, of Taylor, becomes the first person to win $1 million playing the Lottery.
  • Aug. 13, 1984: First Lotto jackpot game goes on sale. First-week sales of $3.1 million set a national record.
  • Sept. 1, 1984: The first Lotto jackpot, a $2.9 million prize, is won by Thomas LaPenna of Marquette.
  • Jan. 28, 1989: The Lottery’s Fame and Fortune television show begins.
  • Aug. 31, 1996: Tickets for The Big Game go on sale.
  • Nov. 3, 1997: The Lottery’s first $10 instant game is released – $1,000,000 Gift – featuring a top prize of $1 million.
  • May 15, 2002: The Big Game becomes Mega Millions.
  • April 11, 2005: A Port Huron couple, Ralph and Marry Stebbins, win a record $208 million Mega Millions jackpot.
  • Jan. 31, 2010: Powerball tickets go on sale in Michigan.
  • Aug. 31, 2012: A Lapeer man, Donald Lawson, wins a record $337 million Powerball jackpot, the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.
  • Feb. 4, 2014: The Lottery’s first $30 instant game is released – $2,000,000 CA$H – with a top prize of $2 million.
  • Aug. 11, 2014: The Lottery begins offering games online.
  • Feb. 24, 2015: An Allegan County woman, Pam Rawson, becomes the first player to win $1 million playing online.
  • January 2016: The Lottery begins offering Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online, launching one new game online each week.
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