Charlevoix County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cashword Millions Instant Game

A Charlevoix County man definitely got his money’s worth when he won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cashword Millions instant game.

“I always play Cashword Millions because they take a while to play and I feel like it’s a pretty good value for the money,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I scratched a $1 million winner, I felt a huge sense of relief hit my body.”

The player bought his winning ticket at the East Jordan Central EZ Mart, located at 101 Water Street in East Jordan.

The 63-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his house and then save the remainder.

“Winning takes a lot of worry away and makes it easier to relax and have fun,” the player said.

Players have won more than $20 million playing Cashword Millions, which launched in August 2019. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $1 million. More than $77 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes of $1 million, 67 $5,000 prizes, and 674 $1,000 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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

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

Nick Bierman (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 dedication to help students succeed in the classroom and to develop as individuals has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Nick Bierman, teaches social studies at Swartz Creek High School, which is part of the Swartz Creek 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 Bierman will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Bierman said he was attracted to a career in education because “I’ve always enjoyed working with and helping others.  The high school setting is perfect for me.”

He said his favorite part of being an educator is “the relationships I build personally and professionally.  Plus, I am able to challenge myself and my students each and every day!”

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

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

Bierman said the opportunity to help his students motivates him to do his best each day. “Knowing that I am there for something other than myself and knowing that I have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life is awesome!”

A student nominated Bierman for the Excellence in Education award, describing him as a teacher who creates a comfortable atmosphere that promotes academic development and individualism in his classroom.

“Mr. Bierman has expectations that are reasonable and that he explains well. Mr. Bierman is exemplary with regards to using personal time in aiding students. He never forgets to remind us that he’s always available to help us,” the student wrote.

The student added that Bierman is developing after-school or weekend study sessions to help students prepare for advanced placement examinations. “The gratefulness of the students for this is profound. Furthermore, Mr. Bierman has made himself available to read and score any practice writing essays that we complete independently.  That is a substantial commitment, given the potential number of students who might take him up on that offer.”

Bierman earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Alma College and master of arts degree in educational leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. He has been an educator for 18 years, the past 17 with the Swartz Creek Community Schools.

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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Five Michigan Lottery Players Win Opportunity to Play The Big Spin

Five lucky Michigan Lottery players have been selected to play The Big Spin game after winning The Big Spin second chance drawing.

The lucky winners are:

  • Steven Middleton, of Brooklyn
  • Chantel Miller, of Detroit
  • Michelle Sanders, of Hillman
  • Tammy Wood, of Grand Blanc
  • Lori Wangler, of West Branch

Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000. The players will be featured on The Big Spin televised events, hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley, beginning Feb. 10, shortly after evening Lottery drawings.

All told, 20 players were selected to appear on The Big Spin show. The second chance part of The Big Spin game ended Dec. 31.

Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $19 million playing The Big Spin. More than $56 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 112 $1,000 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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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 take place 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 claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Tuesday at 7:45 am.

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Oakland County Man Wins $1.2 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot

An Oakland County man felt sick after realizing he’d won a $1.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Dec. 7: 02-04-08-09-17-28. He bought the winning ticket at the Wayne Med Mart located at 417 South Wayne Road in Westland.

“I saw the jackpot was getting pretty high, so I decided to purchase some tickets,” said the player. “I checked the winning numbers on the website the next day and felt sick when I saw I had matched them all. I was in complete shock.”

The 27-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of about $761,000, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to take a vacation and invest.

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 play, Double Play may be added to a Lotto 47 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $1.5 million in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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 at a retailer or online at MichiganLottery.com until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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