Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $17.45 Million

The Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 jackpot has soared to $17.45 million for tonight’s drawing. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

If a player wins tonight’s $17.45 million Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won since July 2015 when an Otsego County man won a $13.1 million jackpot. The Lotto 47 jackpot was won eight times in 2016 with the jackpots totaling more than $14.1 million. In January 2016, a Mason County couple won a $4.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot, which was the largest prize won playing the game in 2016.

On March 1, 2008, a lucky player won a $23.6 million Lotto 47 jackpot. That jackpot holds the record for the largest Lotto 47 prize.

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

Malia Koger poses for a photo with Olivet High School principal, Troy Waffle, and friend and colleague, Lisa Weaver, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Malia Koger poses for a photo with Olivet High School principal, Troy Waffle, and friend and colleague, Lisa Weaver, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Eaton County educator known for challenging students to excel and inspiring them to set and reach goals to improve their lives has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Malia Koger, teaches English, American literature, speech, and theatre at Olivet High School, where she also serves as the head of the theatre department.  The school is part of the Olivet Community Schools.

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 $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, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Koger will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, who recently presented Koger with the award at the Breslin Center.

Koger said both her parents were educators and she was attracted to the teaching profession by the opportunity “to make a difference, even if it is only for one individual.  I grew up seeing the difference that educators and education can make in lives.

“The environment I have been able to work in at Olivet Community Schools is truly inspiring.  The staff, teachers, and support staff are exceptional and truly care about each student, their education, and their path in life.”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “watching students grow, seeing them discover who they truly are and seeing them grow and succeed beyond their own expectations.  Every person has a story that defines their lives.  We need to discover it, help them to find that path, and watch as their journey unfolds.”

A student nominated Koger for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “a truly inspiring person.  She is one of a kind.  She has pushed all of us to do our best.  We’ve accomplished some great things because she was behind us 110 percent.”

Malia Koger talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

Malia Koger talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

The student provided several examples about how Koger’s caring, supportive, and persistent assistance helped her and other students to improve academically, cope with the loss of a sibling, and help another student overcome body image problems and develop enough as a performer to earn a scholarship.

The nomination noted that Koger worked with a shy student to develop his acting talent and become a top competitor in solo and ensemble competitions.

Koger earned two degrees from Michigan State University:  a bachelor of arts degree in English and Theatre and a master of arts in Theatre Administration with an emphasis in education.  She has been an educator for 23 years, the last 21 with the Olivet Community Schools.

Koger has received a number of awards during her career.  She is a two-time recipient of the Theatre Teacher of the Year award from the Michigan Youth Arts Council and also was first person to receive The Bob Koger Theatre Teacher of the Year award from the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association.  Criteria for that award include innovation, commitment, and contributions to the profession.

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’s Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $16.95 Million

Lotto 47 with EZMatchA Michigan Lottery player could give their bank account a boost if they win Saturday’s $16.95 million Lotto 47 jackpot. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

If a player wins Saturday’s $16.95 million Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won since July 2015 when an Otsego County man won a $13.1 million jackpot. The Lotto 47 jackpot was won eight times in 2016 with the jackpots totaling more than $14.1 million. In January 2016, a Mason County couple won a $4.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot, which was the largest prize won playing the game in 2016.

On March 1, 2008, a lucky player won a $23.6 million Lotto 47 jackpot. That jackpot holds the record for the largest Lotto 47 prize.

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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Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. 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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Wayne County Man Wins $462,419 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

01-11-17-fantasy-5-462419-draw-01-09-17-anonymous-wayne-countyA Wayne County man’s luck took a turn for the better when he won a $462,419 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Monday – 03-17-21-27-34 – to win the big prize. The player bought his winning ticket at Beverage 1, located at 19322 Grand River Avenue in Detroit.

“I must have checked my ticket 30 to 40 times to make sure it was a winner,” said the player. “I just couldn’t believe it.

“I didn’t let the ticket out of my hands after I found out it was a winner. I even slept with it under my pillow.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to buy a new home and then save the remainder.

“I was laid off a few years ago and I lost my house. I’ve been working to get back on my feet and this will really help me,” 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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