Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $625 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Michigan Lottery PowerballThere is $625 million up for grabs in Saturday’s Powerball jackpot. The cash option for the jackpot is about $381 million.

If a Michigan player wins Saturday’s $625 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball jackpot ever 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.

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.

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. the day of the drawing.

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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Lucky Spot: Mount Clemens Marathon Gas Station Makes Lottery Dreams Come True for Players

A Mount Clemens gas station might be the luckiest spot in Michigan after selling a $4 million Royal Millions winning ticket and a $500,000 Full of $500s winning ticket in less than a month.

Two Macomb County men claimed big Michigan Lottery prizes with tickets bought at the Marathon gas station, located at 85 South Groesbeck Highway in Mount Clemens.

Tuesday, a 48-year-old man won a $4 million prize playing the Lottery’s Royal Millions instant game.

“As soon as I saw I won $4 million, I called my wife to tell her,” said the player. “Of course, she didn’t believe me so I sent her a picture of the ticket. We’re both excited and looking forward to a family vacation this summer and investing in our business.”

On Feb. 26, a 56-year-old Macomb County man won $500,000 playing the Lottery’s Full of 500s instant game.

“I buy tickets for new games when they come out,” said the 56-year-old player. “I won $15 on a few Full of $500s tickets, so I decided to purchase two more with my winnings. I scratched the ticket while I was pumping gas and revealed the winning symbol. When I saw the prize amount was $500,000, I couldn’t believe it. I texted my wife and said: ‘Grandkids are coming over this weekend. P.S. I just bought a Lottery ticket and won big!’”

Players have won more than $17 million playing Royal Millions, which launched in February. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $141 million in prizes remain, including two $4 million top-prizes, 31 $10,000 prizes, 118 $5,000 prizes, and 1,221 $2000 prizes.

Players have won more than $7 million playing Full of $500s, which launched in February. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $22 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top-prizes and 10,585 $500 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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

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

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

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

A Wayne County educator known for her dedication to helping students any way that she can, including raising funds to provide winter coats for those in need at her school, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Consuelo Brewer, is a special education teacher at the Charles R. Drew Transition Center.  The school is part of the Detroit Public Schools district and serves about 600 young adults with special needs.

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 Brewer will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Brewer said she chose a career in education “because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “when I see the growth and independence of my students with autism.”

Brewer said that her students motivate her to do her best every day.  “Making sure my students’ needs are met keeps me motivated.  For example, when I see students who need a coat, I’ll start raising funds to get as many coats as possible for our students.”

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

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

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Brewer described her as “an educator who always puts her students first, no matter what.”

The nomination said Brewer noticed in the fall of 2017 that many students in her classroom didn’t have winter coats, hats or gloves. She tackled that problem by setting up a DonorsChoose.org project, a fundraiser that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects.

The project was a success and “the students were very happy with their new winter gear! The parents also were excited because many were unable to afford such expensive winter gear.”

Brewer next set her sights on helping other students at the school, setting up another DonorsChoose.org project and in less than a month raised more than $17,000, providing winter clothing for 159 more students, the nomination said.

After local media outlets reported on her efforts and it went “viral” on social media, Columbia Sportswear contacted her and donated 302 winter coats with an estimated value of more than $60,000.  “Mrs. Brewer has changed the lives of her students by taking a moment to observe, see their need, and then acting to make sure their basic needs were met,” the nomination said.

Brewer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s in elementary education, and certification as a special education specialist. She has been an educator for 10 years, the last five with the Detroit 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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Mecosta County Woman Wins $276,903 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

A Mecosta County woman is looking forward to financial relief after winning a $276,903  Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

“My husband called the winning number hotline the night of the drawing to check our numbers,” said the 69-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When he realized we had matched all five numbers, he had to wake me up to double check the ticket because he couldn’t believe it.

“We decided to wait until the morning to check the numbers on the Michigan Lottery website. When we looked the next morning and saw where the winning ticket was sold, we knew it was real. It was such a great feeling. ”

The lucky player matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on March 6 – 02-07-13-26-34 – to win the jackpot. She bought her winning ticket at the Country Corner Supermarket, located at 10039 Buchanan Road in Stanwood.

“There are two words to describe it: relief and excitement,” said the player. “Winning this prize is surreal. It will bring us such financial relief.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to retire, pay bills, and 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. 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.

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Ottawa County Man Wins $641,861 Playing 100X The Cash Fast Cash Game

An Ottawa County man was blown away after winning a $641,861 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery’s 100X The Cash Fast Cash game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 4554 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville.

“I bought three Fast Cash tickets and quickly glanced at them as I was leaving the store,” said the 57-year-old winner. “I noticed that the jackpot had gone down on the third ticket, so I thought I had just missed it. A few days later, I was checking the tickets at a retailer when I realized the second ticket I had bought was the one that had won the jackpot. I was blown away when I realized the amount I had won, my stomach started turning and all I could say was ‘Wow!’”

“I got to surprise my family on Christmas by showing them a picture of the screen that showed the prize amount and where the winning ticket was sold,” said the player. “At first, they were confused, but when they finally realized, none of them could believe it.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With the money, he plans to pay bills, save for retirement, and help his kids.

“Winning this prize will allow me to be debt free and provides financial relief for me and my family,” the player said.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $1 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games also offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Lots of 50s – Each $1 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $1 up to $50 and 10 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Tic Tac Cash – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $300 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Black Jack – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $4,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 50X The Cash – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Smokin’ Hot Cash – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $7,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 100X The Cash – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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