Clinton Township Man Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

Persistence paid off for a Clinton Township man who won $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

Robert Williams, 69, matched the five white balls drawn Jan. 8 – 01-03-15-22-28 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Diamond Dot Party Store, located at 20520 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township.

“I went to the store Tuesday morning to get my Daily 3 and Daily 4 tickets, and the owner told me they had sold a Lucky For Life winner,” said Williams. “The owner read the numbers off and I said: ‘That’s me!’ I recognized because the numbers are family birthdays I’ve been playing since the game began a few years ago.

“I went home and when I walked in the door I yelled: ‘Honey, we’re in the money! We hit Lucky For Life!’”

Williams visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $390,000, rather than annuity payments for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. With his winnings, Williams plans to pay off his house, share with family members, and then save the rest.

“It feels great to know we can pay off the house and not worry about our finances any more,” Williams said.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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$2 Million Jackpot Winning Lotto 47 Ticket Sold in Clinton County

Lotto 47 with EZMatchA lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Lotto 47 ticket in Clinton County is millionaire after winning the game’s $2 million jackpot.

The winning ticket matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Wednesday: 01-17-32-33-44-46. The winning ticket was bought at the Quality Dairy store, located at 10850 West M-21 in Fowler.

The lucky ticket holder from Wednesday’s drawing should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to make an appointment to claim the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Lotto 47 tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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 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 until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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

Trevor Szafranski poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Trevor Szafranski poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Saginaw County educator known for finding new ways to excite and challenge his students and for being a leader in incorporating technology into his classroom and school has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Trevor Szafranski, is a fifth grade and middle school technology coach at R.B. Havens Elementary School in Saginaw.  The school is part of the Swan Valley School District.

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 segment featuring Szafranski will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Szafranski said his favorite part of being an educator is helping students.  “I love it when I work with a troubled student or one who is at a crossroads in their life and I see my messages get through and change them,” he said.

He said he chose to pursue a career in education because of “I believe the most important thing you can do in life is make a significant positive impact on the life of another.  Education allows me the opportunity to do just that.”

Szafranski said his personal commitment to excel motivates him to do his best every day. “I only have one life.  Why spend it pursuing ‘average’ or just ‘good?’ I believe in using every opportunity to be the very best you and setting that example for youth around me.”

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

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

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Szafranski described him as “a creative and passionate individual who is constantly looking for innovative methods to excite and challenge his students. He is also at the forefront of education in piloting new teaching methodologies.

“One example is his classroom which he has transformed into a stimulating sanctuary where students with various needs can excel. Trevor recognized years ago that the traditional rows of desks were too restrictive and uncomfortable for students which in turn affected attention span and retention. His room offers bean bag chairs, futons, stand-up stations and peddling devices so students can keep active, while learning. This concept is called ‘alternative seating’ and it has now been adopted by other educators across the nation,” the nomination said.

“A second example is he offers interesting contests for various learning units to challenge students in a fun environment so they reach their full learning potential and rewards students for their efforts. This concept is now called ‘gamification’ and it is being presented at national education seminars.

“He also heads up the technology programs in his building to ensure the use of new technology is used as an adjunct to learning and recognizes students now embrace technology unlike previous generations. Walk into Trevor’s room and the learning environment attests to his passion and vision. Trevor’s methods and ideas are definitely producing results,” the nomination said, noting the statewide testing scores for his students have been the highest in the county for three years in a row.

Szafranski earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration.  He has been an educator for 14 years, all with the Swan Valley School District.

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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Winning Lucky For Life Tickets Sold in Clarkston and Ypsilanti; Each Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

For the fifth time in 2018, Michigan Lottery players are waking up to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

Two lucky players matched the five white balls drawn Monday night – 11-15-32-33-40 – to win the big prizes. The winning tickets were bought at the 7-Eleven, located at 7743 Sashabaw in Clarkston, and the Shell gas station, located at 244 Joe Hall Drive in Ypsilanti.

The lucky winners have two choices to collect the big prizes:

  • Annual payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

The winners should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prizes. The prizes must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Lucky For Life tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Michigan Lottery Contributes Record $924.1 Million To School Aid Fund in 2017, Boosting Total Contributions to More Than $21 Billion

For the third year in a row, the Michigan Lottery has provided a record contribution – $924.1 million – to the School Aid Fund, boosting its total support for public education since 1972 to more than $21 billion.

In the previous two record years, the Lottery contributed $888.9 million (FY2106) and $795.5 million (FY2015).  The record contributions for the three years total $2.6 billion, about 12 percent of the $21.4 billion that the Lottery has provided for Michigan schools in its 45-year history.

The Michigan Lottery set several other major records in 2017 as it remained the fastest-growing lottery in the nation:

  • $3.3 billion in player purchases, eclipsing the previous mark of $3.1 billion from 2016
  • Instant game purchases hit $1.3 billion, the third year in a row they have topped $1 billion and breaking the 2016 record of $1.1 billion
  • Players won more than $2 billion in prizes for the first time after winning a record $1.9 billion in 2016.
  • Lottery retailers, many of them small, family owned businesses, earned $249.2 million in commissions, an increase of nearly 8 percent from the previous record commissions of $231.7 million from 2016.

The Michigan Lottery’s record performance in 2017 was based primarily on a 16 percent surge in purchases for its instant games, the introduction of the popular Fast Cash family of games, a double-digit boost in Lotto 47 purchases from a jackpot run that reached $22.6 million, and continued strong growth from its online games.

Commissioner Aric Nesbitt said the 2017 results reflect the Lottery’s strategy of using continuous improvement and innovation to remain competitive in the entertainment marketplace.

“The Michigan Lottery team embraces its mission of providing resources to public education and we’re proud that we provided a record $924.1 million for schools in 2017. That works out to more than $2.5 million per day for education,” Nesbitt said, adding that the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers provide the foundation for its ongoing success.

“Our team and the retailers already are working on the challenge of providing more funds for public education in 2018.  To do that, we’re going to continue to implement our strategy of offering players a variety of entertainment options and games that are fun and exciting to play.”

Nesbitt said the 2017 highlights for the Lottery included recertification of its responsible gaming program for online players by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and Responsible Gaming Verification of its overall responsible gaming program through the NCPG and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

For each dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in 2017 approximately:

  • 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund
  • 60 cents went to prizes for players
  • 9 cents went to commissions for vendors and retailers, many of them family-owned businesses
  • 3 cents supported the Lottery’s ongoing operations and administrative costs

Under state law, all net proceeds from Michigan Lottery games go to the state School Aid Fund.  The Lottery contributions comprise about 7.5 percent of the fund.

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