Macomb County Woman Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Super Bingo Instant Game

A Macomb County woman is still in shock after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Super Bingo instant game.

Rhonda Sokol, of Saint Clair Shores, won the big prize on a Super Bingo ticket she bought at the Sunoco gas station, located at 32300 Harper Avenue in Saint Clair Shores.

“I bought the ticket on Friday and forgot all about it,” said the 51-year-old Sokol. “It wasn’t until Saturday that I remembered I had the ticket and began scratching it. I saw I won $15 and then $30, and then I realized I was only three way from $300,000. When I scratched the last number to win $300,000 I couldn’t believe it. I had to have my fiancé check it over to make sure I had actually won.”

Sokol recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.

“I’m still in shock that I won, I can’t even believe it,” said Sokol. “It will be nice to be able to live debt free!”

Players have won more than $11 million playing Super Bingo which launched in October 2018. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $14 million in prizes remain, including one $300,000 top prize, five $10,000 prizes, and 55 $1,000 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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Lansing Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker Instant Game

All a Lansing man could think was: “You’re kidding me!” after he won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Meijer, located at 6200 South Pennsylvania in Lansing.

“I’d won a little playing Lotto 47, so I used my winnings to buy a couple of instant tickets out of the vending machine at Meijer,” said the 65-year-old player. “I scratched the ticket when I got out to my truck and I really did think it was a joke until I scanned it in the Lottery app and that verified it was a big winner.

“I called my wife, and she thought I was full of it. She wouldn’t believe me until I sent her a picture of the ticket!”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize 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 give his retirement account a boost.

“Winning is overwhelming. It gives me and my wife the ability to relax and it guarantees we will have a comfortable retirement,” the player said.

Players have won more than $9 million playing Millionaire Maker which launched this month. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $40 up to $1 million. More than $88 million in prizes remain, including 10 $1 million top prizes and 58 $5,000 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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Wayne County Woman Wins Half of $156,090 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

Antoinette Ousley, and her children, smile after collecting Ousley's $78,045 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Antoinette Ousley, and her children, smile after collecting Ousley’s $78,045 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

A lucky set of numbers paid off for a Wayne County woman after winning half of a $156,090 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

Antoinette Ousley, of Inkster, was one of two lucky players to match the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on April 15 – 08-12-19-25-29 – to win half of the $156,090 jackpot. She bought her winning ticket at the Market Foods party store, located at 3760 Inkster Road in Inkster.

“I was eating dinner and remembered I had to check the winning numbers from the drawing the night before. I pulled them up on the Lottery app, and right when I saw them I knew I won,” said Ousley. “I started hyperventilating because I was so excited.

“I play the same set of numbers every day, which are a combination of my kids birth dates and ages. One of them just had a birthday and I forgot to switch the number ‘19’ to ’20,’ but it ended up paying off!”

Winning ticket.

Winning ticket.

Ousley visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a house.

“It is awesome to such win a big prize, I feel so blessed,” Ousley said.

The other winning ticket, which was bought at the Sunoco gas station, located at 27415 Van Born Road in Romulus was claimed last week and the winner chose to remain anonymous.

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 $288,000.

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

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

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

An Ingham County educator known for her dedication to improving education through the innovative use of technology for teachers and students across her district has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Margy Barile, is an instructional technology specialist for the Haslett Public 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 Barile will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Barile said she was attracted to a career in education because “I love children and can’t think of a better profession to work in. I love working with amazing students and staff in an outstanding school district!

“I am very lucky to have a job that I love and find very rewarding. It’s so rewarding to positively impact a student’s life in any way and to work each day to provide all children with a quality education.  I am just one of so many hard-working, excellent teachers who strive every day to provide their students with the best education they can,” she said.  “It’s an honor and a pleasure to work with so many excellent educational professionals.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Barile described as “a true leader” whose initiatives and accomplishments reflect her dedication to students and the Haslett Public Schools.

“Margy Barile has implemented a successful district-wide blended learning program that has benefited nearly every teacher in the district. Since 2016, more than 140 teachers have participated in this professional development program and have received personalized, curriculum-specific training and coaching on the integration of technology in the classroom,” the nomination said.

“Some examples of what teachers have learned include using Google Expeditions for virtual field trips and Seesaw for student portfolios, how to create a YouTube channel for math instructional videos, and how to use literacy apps for speech development in students with autism.”

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

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

Barile also implemented “an online summer school program for high school and middle school students,” the nomination said. “This highly successful program had 35 course enrollments the first year and more than 60 enrollments the second year. Ms. Barile also played an integral part in the development of Haslett Virtual Academy, and developed a Curriculum Release Day program for teachers to collaborate and enrich their curriculum with digital tools and resources.

“She serves an important role for the special education department as well, making recommendations on the use of assistive technology for students. She has trained teachers and students on a variety of assistive technology programs to improve program consistency for students with learning disabilities,” the nomination said.

“Ms. Barile has demonstrated vision by encouraging the district to participate in the Future Ready Schools program and introducing the concept of free, ‘open education resources’ through the Michigan Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative. She recruited teachers and coordinated the district’s participation in the National Board Certification program, the most respected professional certification program.

“The district also has benefited from Ms. Barile’s outreach efforts. She helped secure the donation of a 3D printer for the elementary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, math) program from the Meridian Economic Development Corp. and her involvement with the Kiwanis Club of Haslett-Okemos led to the donation of 30 Chromebooks and a charging cart for the Haslett Middle School.

“This year, Ms. Barile convinced the Foundation for Haslett Schools to team up with the Kiwanis Club to provide free Chromebooks to 51 students.”

Barile earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and English from Michigan State University, a master of science degree in library and information science from Wayne State University, and a master of arts degree in educational technology from Michigan State University. She has been an educator for 25 years, the past 16 with the Haslett Public 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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St. Joseph County Woman Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker Instant Game

A St. Joseph County woman is still in disbelief after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game.

“I bought the ticket while I was at the grocery store and decided to scratch it before I left,” said the 37-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I saw I won $1 million, I was in complete shock. I called my husband right away to tell him, and he couldn’t believe it either!”

She bought her winning ticket at Harding’s Market, located at 808 West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers.

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new house.

“It still feels unreal to win a prize like this, it hasn’t sunk it yet. It feels like a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” the player said.

Players have won more than $9 million playing Millionaire Maker which launched this month. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $40 up to $1 million. More than $89 million in prizes remain, including 11 $1 million top prizes and 58 $5,000 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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