Oakland County Man Wins $100,000 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

A set of lucky numbers finally paid off for an Oakland County man who won a $100,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

“I have been playing the same set of number for 10 years, which are a combination of dates and lucky numbers,” said the lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I was leaving the country for a few weeks and decided to purchase a multi-draw ticket before I left to make sure I didn’t miss any draws, and I’m so happy that I did!”

The 42-year-old player bought his winning ticket at Old West Tobacco Store, located at 45209 West Pontiac Trail in Novi. He matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on May 5 – 11-15-28-31-34 – to win the jackpot.

“When I checked the winning numbers the morning after the drawing, I recognized them right away and knew I had won big,” said the player. “I couldn’t wait to get home to claim my prize! I got off my flight this morning and came straight to the Lottery to claim my prize.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a home.

“It feels great to win a prize like this. My lucky set of numbers finally paid off after 10 years,” 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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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 $110,000.

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Macomb County Man Wins $75,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Golden Harvest Instant Game Online

A Macomb County man sat at his computer stunned after he won $75,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Golden Harvest instant game online.

“I won $500 playing Golden Harvest before, so I decided to give it another try,” said the lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I saw the ticket hit, I stared at my screen in disbelief. I had to make sure I was seeing $75,000 and not $7,500!”

The lucky player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to complete some home renovations, take a trip with his wife, and then save the remainder.

“You always hear about big winners, I just never in my wildest dreams imagined I would be one of them, but here I am,” the player said.

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 50 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million 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 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

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Macomb County Man Wins $167,407 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

A weekly routine turned into a big payday for a Macomb County man who won a $167,407 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

“I have been buying a seven-draw Fantasy 5 ticket at the same store every Monday for 30 years,” said the lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I checked the numbers the morning after the drawing and saw they matched the numbers on my ticket, I was elated.”

The 58-year-old player bought his winning ticket at Campbell’s Party Store, located at 3321 North Campbell Road in Royal Oak. He matched match the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on May 4 – 01-11-19-24-36 – to win the jackpot.

“I had some unexpected expenses over the past few years, so this will really help rebuild my savings,” said the player. “It’s a really nice chunk of change!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters today to claim the big prize. With his winnings, the player plans to complete some home renovations and then save the remainder.

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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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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Saginaw County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

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

A Saginaw County educator known for using multiple approaches, including Family Reading Nights and summer camps, to help instill a love of reading in students and for helping struggling students and their families meet their basic needs has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Beth Thompson, is a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Instructor/Literacy Coach at Merrill Elementary School, which is part of the Merrill 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 $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 Thompson will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Thompson said she was attracted to a career in education because “I love being with kids and making a difference in their lives. Teaching was never just a job for me.  It became part of who I am and how I live my life.”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “that I touch lives and encourage minds.  That I team up with parents to get the best out of their children and can help make them successful.”

Thompson said her students motivate her to do her best every day. “I want to be the best I can be in order to be that model for my kiddos. I want to show them that ‘doing good’ is as important as being good at what you do. You get what you give so I need to give my all.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Thompson said that “her passion for children and families reaches far beyond her classroom.”

“Beth spearheads many of the initiatives that directly impact students’ quality of education and life. Renovating the Merrill Elementary Library was her most recent undertaking. Beth partnered with the Community Spirit Committee to fund an extensive redesign to create a place for children to engage in and enjoy literacy,” the nomination said.

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

“Beth collaborates with other staff to design and plan an outstanding summer school experience for eligible children. This summer camp allows children to engage in fun reading and writing activities, culminating with them taking books home to enjoy and share with family members. She has helped to start and co-directs the Kids Hope mentoring program in her building where life changing relationships become established between a caring adult and a child.

“Beth is an outstanding mentor for her colleagues, always available when teachers are in need of guidance and support. During the school year, Beth coaches her colleagues on best practices for literacy instruction as well as models and teaches young children the love of reading and writing. As a Title 1 teacher, Beth works with children who, for various reasons, are experiencing difficulty learning to read. She is a highly trained and effective literacy instructor, experiencing a high degree of success with struggling students.”

The nomination noted that Thompson works with colleagues and parents on “Family Reading Nights where parents and children come together to learn strategies that develop early reading and writing behaviors in the home. Beth has engaged in a leadership role in the Community Spirit Committee, a local fundraising effort to finance community improvement projects. She advocates for and encourages staff to participate in bettering our community through this effort.

“Beth is incredibly sensitive to students and families in our community who are in need of basic services.  She has been known to make home visits to needy families, seek support from her church and community resources when struggling families need a safety net to get them through tough times.  She also uses her own resources to ensure that children have what they need to survive and thrive. She does all of this and more without desire for thanks or recognition.”

Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree from Central Michigan University and also is trained as a reading recovery instructor. She has been an educator for 39 years, the past 32 with the Merrill 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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Genesee County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Full of $500s Instant Game

A Genesee County woman is looking forward to a debt-free life after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Full of $500’s instant game.

“I bought the Full of $500’s ticket thinking that it would be great to win $500,” said the lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I never in my wildest dreams thought I would win $500,000!”

The 52-year-old player bought her winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 5252 Miller Road in Flint.

“I scratched the ticket off when I got to my car and broke down in tears as soon as I saw I had won,” said the player. “I was so stunned, I didn’t leave the parking lot for 45 minutes.”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the $500,000 prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off all of her bills, buy a new car, and then save the remainder.

“It’s tough to raise a family and sometimes we live check-to-check. Winning this huge prize is such a relief for me and my family,” the player said.

Players have won more than $14 million playing Full of $500’s, which launched in February. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $16 million in prizes remain, including one $500,000 top prize and 7,776 $500 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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