Oakland County Woman Wins $110,689 Monthly Jackpot Progressive Prize

Jackpot graphicWhat an Oakland County woman thought was a scam email, ended up being an email from the Michigan Lottery informing her she’d won a big Monthly Jackpot progressive prize.

The lucky 47-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $110,689 after she was selected in a random drawing that took place Dec. 14. She earned entries into the giveaway by playing the Monthly Jackpot game online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I knew that by playing the Monthly Jackpot game online, I was earning entries into a second chance giveaway,” said the player. “I never thought I would win the second chance drawing, so I was just hoping for an instant win while playing the games.

“I was checking my email one day and saw an email from the Lottery informing me that I’d won a $110,689 Monthly Jackpot prize and I thought it was a scam. I decided to wait until the next day to do anything about the email because I was certain that I hadn’t actually won. When I got a call from the Lottery a few hours later confirming my prize, I was so excited! Winning is such an unbelievable feeling.”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to complete home improvements.

The Monthly Jackpot and Mystery Vault online instant games include a second chance progressive jackpot drawing. Part of every purchase of the Monthly Jackpot and Mystery Vault games funds one progressive jackpot prize which is awarded in a second chance drawing each month. Players earn one entry for every $0.50 wagered playing the Monthly Jackpot or Mystery Vault games. After the entry period has closed, a random drawing takes place with one jackpot winner being selected from all entries for that month.

Eight Monthly Jackpot Progressive prizes have been awarded since the game began in April:

  • April 2022 – $338,256 progressive jackpot prize
  • May 2022 – $178,116 progressive jackpot prize
  • June 2022 – $139,221 progressive jackpot prize
  • July 2022 – $121,668 progressive jackpot prize
  • August 2022 – $104,730 progressive jackpot prize
  • September 2022 – $99,821 progressive jackpot prize
  • October 2022 – $97,885 progressive jackpot prize
  • November 2022 – $110,689 progressive jackpot prize

Entries are only valid for the entry period in which they were earned. Each month, a new drawing period begins, and the progressive jackpot is reset to $5,000. The next drawing will take place today.

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Macomb Woman Wins $200,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show


A Macomb woman thought she was going to faint when she won $200,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Judy Arthurs, 71, won the big prize after her daughter-in-law, Deanna Arthurs, spun the wheel on her behalf on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. Arthurs was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“It was such a surprise when I got the call informing me that I was chosen as a The Big Spin contestant and I was so excited,” said Arthur. “When the wheel stopped on $200,000 there were a million things going through my head and I felt like I was going to faint! It is such a blessing. With my winnings, I plan to pay bills and then save the remainder.”

Judy Arthurs (left) and her daughter-in-law Deanna Arthurs (right)Arthurs was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show in a random drawing. Entries are still being accepted into The Big Spin second chance drawing. Players may enter non-winning The Big Spin tickets at www.MIBigSpin.com for a chance to appear on the televised game show. Five additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. The final The Big Spin second chance drawing is scheduled to take place on March 1.

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 Big Spin televised events will air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com. By entering codes, players will earn entries for the drawings for the opportunity to appear on television and spin the big wheel.

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 $11 million playing The Big Spin which launched in September. More than $60 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 124 $1,000 prizes.

In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Livingston County Man Wins $450,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show


A Livingston County man had to take the day off work after finding out he was selected to be a contestant on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Philip Halladay, of Howell, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. Halladay was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“I got the call that I was selected as a The Big Spin contestant while I was at work, and needless to say, I had to take the rest of the day off,” said Halladay. “I came in expecting to win $100,000, so leaving with $450,000 is so surreal. I feel shaky, excited, and in shock!

“With the winnings, my fiancé and I plan to have a big wedding, take a trip, and then save the remainder. We have a bright future ahead and a lot to look forward to!”

Philip Halladay (left) and his fiancé Rachell Aldred (right)

Halladay, 35, was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show in a random drawing. Entries are still being accepted into The Big Spin second chance drawing. Players may enter non-winning The Big Spin tickets at www.MIBigSpin.com for a chance to appear on the televised game show. Five additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. The final The Big Spin second chance drawing is scheduled to take place on March 1.

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 Big Spin televised events will air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com. By entering codes, players will earn entries for the drawings for the opportunity to appear on television and spin the big wheel.

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 $11 million playing The Big Spin which launched in September. More than $60 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 124 $1,000 prizes.

In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Two Michigan Lottery Players Win $1 Million Playing Powerball

Two lucky Michigan Lottery players won $1 million in Monday night’s Powerball drawing.

The players each matched the five white balls drawn Monday night – 05-11-22-23-69 – to win a $1 million prize. One of the winning tickets was bought at the Sav-way Food Center, located at 2317 West Michigan Avenue in Lansing and the other was purchased online at MichiganLottery.com.

A single ticket in Washington won the $754.6 million Powerball jackpot in the Monday night drawing. The jackpot is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and ninth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever won.

The last Michigan player to win a Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis, of Waterford. Davis won the game’s $70 million jackpot on Feb. 12, 2020.

The lucky $1 million winners should contact the Lottery’s Player Relations division at 844-887-6836, option 2 to claim the prizes. Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. 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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at:  http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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

Charles Woodham holding $1,500 Excellence in Education checkAn Oakland County educator known for encouraging academic, social, and emotional growth in his students has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Charles Woodham, is a first-grade teacher at Patterson Elementary School. The school is part of Holly Area 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 Woodham will air this evening.

Woodham credits an experience he had in fifth grade with driving him to a career in education

“I can really trace it all back to fifth grade when my teacher, Mrs. Heschler, let us choose our seats on the first day of school. As you can imagine, most of those selections were less than ideal and seating arrangements were quickly changed, but over the course of that school year ours never did. Looking back, it became obvious that each person at our table elevated the next and together we contributed so positively to the classroom community. Even after all these years those memories we shared still feel so fresh and special. I give her so much credit for being in tune with and facilitating that.”

Woodham says his favorite thing to do with his students is reading aloud.

“My absolute favorite thing to do with my students is probably the first thing someone thinks of when they think of an elementary school classroom and that’s having a read aloud. The students are always so interested in the stories as we dive deeper and deeper into the characters’ feelings and the storyline. I always relate to the book, wonder, predict, and think out loud letting the kids feed off this excitement as their gears start turning and they develop their own perspectives. I have put a lot of effort into acquiring games and manipulatives for my classroom. The kids know we all win when games enter the classroom. There is so much learning and laughing going on, they show what they know, strategize, socialize, even if they lose the game they walk away feeling like a winner because they had a blast.”

A colleague and parent of a former student nominated Woodham for the award.

“Charles is truly the most outstanding teacher I’ve ever met. He loves and never gives up on any student. His classroom management is unparalleled, and every student grows so much academically, socially, and emotionally. No student is too challenging for him, in fact the students that are repeatedly struggling with behavior do a complete 180 in his classroom. The crying replaced with laughter and learning. His success can also be measured based on his state test scores, which are outstanding and among the best I’ve seen. Additionally, he is a true role model for all students but especially those struggling financially or from a broken home. His life experience makes him approachable and relatable. My daughter grew so much and cracked out of her shy shell. I saw students who were constantly in the principal’s office turn into leaders for the school.”

Woodham earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Molloy College. He has been an educator for 11 years, three in his current position.

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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