Beware of Gold Fever! New Gold Rush Instant Games Go on Sale Tuesday

The huge cash prizes offered by a new family of instant games from the Michigan Lottery promise to give players “gold fever.”

The new “Gold Rush” family of instant games are:

  • $5,000 Gold Rush – A $1 ticket with top prizes of $5,000, and more than $5 million in total prizes.
  • $50,000 Gold Rush – A $2 ticket with top prizes of $50,000, and more than $36 million in total prizes.
  • $500,000 Gold Rush – A $5 ticket with top prizes of $500,000, and more than $43 million in total prizes.
  • $1,000,000 Gold Rush – A $10 ticket with top prizes of $1 million, and more than $67 million in total prizes.

Plus, the Lottery is offering 10 free online games to new online players who purchase a $50,000 Gold Rush, $500,000 Gold Rush, or $1,000,000 Gold Rush instant game ticket. Additionally, players who deposit $10 in their online account or make a $10 draw game purchase online will receive a $10 instant game coupon that may be redeemed at any Lottery retailer. To take advantage of this special offer, players should enter the promo code printed on the back of their ticket when creating a Michigan Lottery online account at MichiganLottery.com.

“Gold Rush” instant games will be available Tuesday at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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Genesee County Man Wins $172,867 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Genesee County man is looking forward to being debt-free after winning a $172,867 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn on Wednesday – 07-25-26-28-34 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 2474 West Hill Road in Flint.

“I was doing some computer work last night when I saw it was time to check the numbers,” said the player. “As I was looking them over, I thought ‘these look really familiar,’ and I went to get my ticket.

“After I saw I matched all five numbers, I called my wife so she could double check my ticket. My wife was skeptical, and said we should wait until the morning to make sure we were reading it right.”

Once the couple saw the winning numbers on the morning news, they knew they were big winners and headed to Lansing to claim the big prize.

With his winnings, the 80-year-ol Marine veteran plans to pay off his bills and save the remainder.

“We live day-to-day, and winning this is a weight off our shoulders, but it won’t change the way we live,” said the winner.

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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Double the Fun: Doubler Days Extended for Club Keno, Fantasy 5, and Lotto 47

The Michigan Lottery is giving players more chances to double their fun by extending the Doubler Days promotion for the Club Keno, Fantasy 5, and Lotto 47 games through Wednesday.

All Club Keno, Fantasy 5, and Lotto 47 tickets purchased at Lottery retailers are eligible for the Doubler. The Doubler feature will be printed at random on tickets and will double all non-jackpot prizes, all without any additional cost to players. The Doubler feature also will apply to EZmatch prizes on Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47 tickets. The Doubler Days promotion began April 1 and was originally scheduled to end Sunday.

Being able to win more cash for free makes this promotion popular with players. During the Doubler Days promotion in January, Club Keno, Fantasy 5, and Lotto 47 players won more than $3 million in Doubler Days bonus prize money.

Tickets must be eligible Club Keno, Fantasy 5, or Lotto 47 prize winners to qualify for double winnings.  All Lotto 47 and Fantasy 5 non-jackpot prizes are eligible for the promotion. Club Keno The Jack prizes are not eligible for the promotion.  Receiving a Doubler message alone does not denote a win. If a player purchases a multi-draw ticket and receives a Doubler message, all eligible winnings for all the drawings on that ticket are doubled.

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Select Online Game Card Purchases Offer Bonus Free Play to Lottery Players

Michigan Lottery players still have a chance to get bonus free play with select Online Game Card purchases.

For a limited time, players who buy Online Game Cards for $20, $50 and $100 will receive bonus free play added to their card. The promotion began on April 17.

Each $20 online game card has a $5 bonus, $50 online game cards have a $15 bonus, and $100 online game cards have a $35 bonus. The $10 Online Game Cards are not eligible for a bonus.

Online Game Cards are printed from Lottery terminals at retailers. Each has a unique code that players enter into their Michigan Lottery account for online play. Each code is valid for five years from the date of purchase.

Players may redeem up to $500 – not including bonus play – in Online Game Cards per week in their online accounts.

Online Game Cards have been a popular way for players to fund their online accounts because they allow players to pay in store and play online without using a credit card or bank account.

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 530,000 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.

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

Nicole Ames-Powell poses for a photo with state of Michigan DoD STEM coordinator, Greg Chappelle (left), and husband, David Powell, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Nicole Ames-Powell poses for a photo with state of Michigan DoD STEM coordinator, Greg Chappelle (left), and husband, David Powell, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

A Wayne County educator known for setting high standards for her students and helping them to excel inside and outside the classroom has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Nicole Ames-Powell, teaches mathematics to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at the Carver STEM Academy in Detroit. The academy focuses on providing pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students with the academic foundation to pursue careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

During the summer, Ames-Powell teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subject matter to hundreds of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets during their annual Department of Defense STEM and Training Camp.  She also teaches STEM subjects at multiple week-long Department of Defense kindergarten-through-12th grade summer camps in Native American communities throughout Michigan.

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 Ames-Powell 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 Ames-Powell with the award at the Breslin Center.

Ames-Powell said becoming an educator was a lifelong dream.  “I’ve known that I wanted to teach and help others for as long as I can remember,” she said, adding that her mother was an educator for 31 years.

“I believe my purpose on Earth is to love and lead students to be successful citizens and I have to use my God-given gifts and talents to the best of my ability to fulfill this purpose.”

She said that her favorite part of being an educator is “working with students to make real life connections to the mathematics I teach them.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Ames-Powell described her as “a shining example of a superior teacher.”

Nicole Ames-Powell talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

Nicole Ames-Powell talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

“She consistently goes above and beyond to aid students socially as well as academically.  During her lunch time, she allows students to come into her classroom to complete assignments, do extra work, or have one-on-one conferences with students who need additional help with their mathematics assignments.

“Mrs. Ames-Powell genuinely cares about the students.  She has high expectations for students and provides them the tools and avenues they need to help them achieve maximum success.  Preparing students for higher grade levels is one of her standing goals,” the nomination noted.  “Many of her former students have returned to Carver to tell her of their progress and thank her for her assistance.”

Ames-Powell earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Grand Valley State University and a master of arts degree in education from Marygrove College.  She has been an educator for 16 years, all with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

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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