$2 Million Jackpot Winning Lotto 47 Ticket Sold in Ottawa County

Lotto 47 with EZMatchA lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Lotto 47 ticket in Ottawa County is millionaire after winning the game’s $2 million jackpot.

The winning ticket matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday: 01-12-15-29-41-44. The winning ticket was bought at the Meijer store, located at 3320 West Shore Drive in Holland. This is the eighth time in 2017 a player has won the Lotto 47 jackpot.

The lucky ticket holder from Wednesday’s drawing should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to make an appointment to claim the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Lotto 47 tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $212 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballSaturday’s Powerball jackpot – which now stands at $212 million – could change the life of a lucky Michigan Lottery player. The cash option for the jackpot is about $133 million.

The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot on Sept. 30, 2015.

If a Michigan player wins Saturday’s $212 million jackpot, it would be the third-largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for a chance to win the big jackpot. Players may buy $2 Powerball tickets for the drawing at Lottery retailers throughout the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Powerball drawings take 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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A Michigan Lottery Reminder: Practice Responsible Giving this Holiday Season

The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players to practice responsible giving this holiday season when using Lottery tickets as gifts.

All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes tickets for games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky For Life, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays. For more information about the Lottery’s responsible giving campaign, visit: www.milotteryconnect.com/holiday-responsible-giving.

The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people, and it is best to avoid gaming activities when stressed. The Lottery reminds players: knowing your limits is always the best bet. The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline is available to provide free, one-on-one support for players who may have a problem. For confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, players may call 800-270-7117. Chat and text options also are available through www.michiganlottery.com/responsible_gaming.

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Monroe County Man Wins $100,000 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Persistence paid off for a Monroe County man who won a $100,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn Tuesday to win the big prize: 16-18-19-22-30. He bought his winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 919 West Elm Avenue in Monroe.

“I’ve played the same numbers for years,” said the player. “Each week I buy three Easy Picks and then use birthdays of family members for two more plays.

“I was watching the drawing on Tuesday when I saw the numbers posted on the screen. I immediately recognized them, but I started second guessing if I even bought the ticket and started to panic. When I found my ticket, I was so excited!”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters on Thursday to claim his prize. He plans to save his winnings for a rainy day.

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 $105,000.

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

Mark Honeyman Accepts Excellence in Education Award

Mark Honeyman poses for a photo with his wife, Mary, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

An Oakland County educator known for inspiring his students to excel in the classroom and to challenge themselves in life has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Mark Honeyman, teaches eighth grade language arts at West Hills Middle School, which is part of the Bloomfield Hills 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 Honeyman will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Honeyman said his favorite part of being an educator is “giving kids a safe haven where they know they are heard and valued and free to be themselves.”

He said he chose to pursue a career in education after hearing an educational psychology professor’s lecture “about the influence adults can have on kids at key moments of their lives.  After that, I was hooked.”

Honeyman said he’s motivated to do his best every day by “the knowledge that I have a chance to make an impact in the life of a child every day that I walk into my classroom.”

A student, Sydney Harker, nominated Honeyman for the Excellence in Education award, describing him as “the most outstanding teacher you will ever meet.  He does not just teach English.  He teaches us about the world around us and how to live our life in the most positive way possible.

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

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

“Mr. Honeyman challenges me and my classmates to ‘be crazy enough to believe you can change the world and then go ahead and do it,’” the student wrote.  “Along with English, he teaches us about life and pushes us to do our best in class and in the real world.

”Not only does Mr. Honeyman teach us vocabulary, sentence structure, and how to write papers, he teaches us what is most important in life.  Mr. Honeyman says it is most important to spend time with the people you love and that he loves to teach because he is surrounded by the people he loves, his students.

“Mr. Honeyman wears a suit to class every day, except for Fridays on jean day and then he wears a silly sweatshirt and jeans.  He says that he wears a suit every day because what we do in class is important and he wants to show his respect for us.  He loves us with all his heart and will do anything for us.  Mr. Honeyman tells us that when we are having a bad day, no matter what time it is, to call him and he will help us through it.  Mr. Honeyman makes me feel like a whole different person in his class.  I feel like an adult, who is respected and cared for.”

Honeyman earned a bachelor’s degree in music and English from Marygrove College and master of fine arts in speech at Wayne State University.  He has been an educator for 34 years, all with the Bloomfield Hills 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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