Michigan Lottery Warns Public to Be Aware of Prize Scams

The Michigan Lottery is warning the public to be aware of scams telling people they’ve won a big lottery prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it.

The Lottery processes all prize claims for free, and players must have a valid winning ticket to claim a prize. If a player hasn’t bought a ticket, they can’t win a prize.

To check if a lottery prize, offer, or promotion is legitimate, members of the public may contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2, or via email at milottery@michigan.gov.

During periods of uncertainty there may be increases in attempts to defraud individuals.

The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they’ve won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize. If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier’s check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even arranges a meeting to get the money in cash. If the person agrees to provide sensitive personal information, the scam artist may be able to commit identity fraud.

In some cases, after getting money from the victim, the scam artist comes back asking for more for unexpected processing costs or fees or uses some other excuse to try to get more money from the victim.

Unfortunately, the more money the victim supplies, the longer the scam will continue.

If you believe you have been the victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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Michigan Lottery: Stay Home, Stay Safe

The Michigan Lottery urges players and retailers to follow Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order and observe social distancing guidelines.

Players are urged to only purchase tickets at retail locations if they are already there purchasing food, fuel, or other necessary items. When at a retail location, please observe social distancing, do not congregate, and remember that the measures being taken by retailers are for everyone’s safety.

On April 1, 2020, the Lottery issued a communication to all retailers directing retailers to cease Lottery sales if unable to follow all requirements of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Additionally, retailers are not required to sell Lottery tickets and may request deactivation of their equipment without penalty. Retailers also may accept credit and debit for lottery transactions, and many do.

Players also may play many Lottery games online at MichiganLottery.com. For players who have winning tickets purchased in stores, prizes may be claimed by mail. For more information on the claim process, click here.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Lottery’s operations during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order may be found here.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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

Karen Storey (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Karen Storey (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

A Livingston County educator known for her dedication to her students and community – creating a therapy dog program for the Brighton school district and co-founding a non-profit to help local families dealing with life-altering illnesses – has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Karen Storey, worked as a special education teacher for 12 years and for the past seven years has served as a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) facilitator, providing supplemental, targeted and intense interventions for Maltby Intermediate School students requiring additional support. The school is part of the Brighton Area 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 Storey will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Storey said she always wanted to be a teacher and follow the example of her mother “a Brighton teacher for 35 years. She is my true inspiration and role model.” She added that she grew up in Brighton and attended Brighton schools.

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “the passion and love from our community.  The support we receive for all of our kids from our parents, Parent Teacher Organization, local businesses, and others is what a community is about.”

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

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

Storey said her students and colleagues motivate her to do her best each day. “I have an opportunity to make an impact on each and every person that I come into contact with.  My hope is to spread the kindness that is given to me each and every day with my students that I teach every day.”

The superintendent of the Brighton Area Schools, Gregory Gray, described her as “an example of an educator who gives her love and devotion to the entire community. She also is one of the most influential members of our community when it comes to school-community relations and the social-emotional learning aspect of our district.

“She’s an incredible person in our district.  She’s an incredible person in relationship to our community,” he said.  “Karen truly lives and breathes Brighton with her family, her husband, Scott, and her four sons, who all attend Brighton Area Schools.”

“She created our Pack of Dogs program, which is known statewide and nationally. The goal is for the Pack of Dogs to be that welcoming sight, help ease student reluctance and anxiety, provide students with a connection to school that they may have struggled to find otherwise. The dogs don’t judge and allow students to take healthy academic and social emotional risks,” he said.

“The uniqueness of this program is that all of the dogs are owned by the Brighton schools. All the dogs have been paid for by the community with each dog costing about $10,000.  Karen has been the driving force behind this program – volunteering her own time – and with placing 12 dogs in all of the schools and the senior center.”

“She has also brought together a non-profit organization called ‘I Will Right Now,’ which raises money to help families that are really struggling in the Brighton Area school district.”

Storey described herself as co-founder of I Will Right Now and said the organization’s goal is simply to help those who need it. It has paid for funerals, flooring in homes, and also for a trip to Disneyworld for sick child.

Storey earned two degrees from Eastern Michigan University:  a bachelor of science degree in special education and a master’s degree in reading.  She has been an educator for 20 years with Brighton Area Schools.

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

Jason Perrin (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Jason Perrin (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Genesee County educator known for his dedication to help improve the lives of his students and provide them with new experiences, such as trips to Washington, D.C., and for his leadership at his school has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jason Perrin, teaches U.S. history at Hill-McCloy High School, which is part of the Montrose Community Schools. He also coaches three sports.

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

Perrin said his high school chemistry teacher and the opportunity to coach inspired him to pursue a career in education. He said his favorite parts about being an educator are “witnessing students succeed and ‘figure it out,’ and when students come back and visit!”

Perrin said his students motivate him to do his best each day. “It’s knowing that many of the students need someone to be there and help them.”

A colleague nominated Perrin for the Excellence in Education award nomination, describing him as “very passionate about the kids and community he serves and continuously looking for ways to improve the lives of his students and community.

“Jason also believes in the mission of teaching the whole child and has created those opportunities for his current students at Hill-McCloy High School,” the nomination said.

“In a time where behavioral and social education is paramount, Jason is searching for outside venues to allow our children to experience different cultures, to be open-minded, and prepared for the world experiences they will face soon. He organizes and takes students to Washington, D.C., as well as to the Holocaust Museum in Southfield. No students should fall through the cracks, and Jason has spent his career preventing this from happening.

“Jason has a deep understanding of academic learning and researches the best teaching practices. His nonthreatening approach brings out the best in students and creates a positive school climate. This is the key to producing student leaders who take their experiences from the classroom to their work or collegiate learning arenas,” the nomination said.

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

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

“The core concepts of all education programs depend on a leader who can inspire the students and to give them the confidence to go out in the work world and be successful. I can think of no better person to do this than Jason.”

The nomination added that Perrin “takes on leadership responsibilities in and outside of school. He accepts the responsibility to mentor new teachers as well as student teachers to pass on the expertise of his craft. He knows his profession well and He prepares in depth. Jason is constantly learning new teaching and communication strategies which will benefit our district.

“Jason also is constantly promoting school spirit by hosting community gatherings, such as community tailgates, contests, etc., before sporting events to give everyone a sense of pride and a relationship to our high school students.”

Perrin earned a bachelor of science degree in history and earth science from the University of Michigan-Flint and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He has been an educator for 19 years, the past 18 with the Montrose Community Schools.

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 Temporarily Closes Claim Offices to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19

The Michigan Lottery temporarily closed its regional claim offices to the public today while implementing additional measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Affected are the Lottery offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, and Lansing. These offices will reopen soon.

Banks that have teamed up with the Lottery to process claims may be open, however, will not be able to process any prize claims.

Lottery prizes of up to $600 may be claimed at retailers and prizes of $601 to $50,000 may be claimed via U.S. mail. Prize claims of $50,001 will continue to be processed by appointment.

The Lottery also is directing its employees to work remotely when possible.

All Lottery drawings will proceed as scheduled.

The Lottery urges players to use social distancing and other measures to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.  Those at higher risk from COVID-19 should avoid non-essential travel.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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