Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

In observance of Presidents’ 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, Feb. 15.

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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Online Player Wins $1,000 a Day For Life Playing Lucky For Life; In-Store Player Wins $25,000 a Year For Life

Two Michigan Lottery players are waking up to a lifetime of cash after winning big playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket bought at online at MichiganLottery.com matched the five white balls and Lucky ball drawn Thursday night – 07-09-15-31-39 LB: 01 – to win $1,000 a day for life. This is the first time a Michigan player has won the game’s top prize.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prize:

  • Annual payments of $365,000 for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $5.75 million

A ticket bought at Harding’s Friendly Market, located at 533 Allegan Street in Plainwell, matched the five white balls drawn Thursday night – 07-09-15-31-39 – to win $25,000 a year for life. This is the 34th time that a Michigan winner has won the game’s second prize.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prize:

  • Annual payments of $25,000 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 prize. 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 and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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Van Buren County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Van Buren County educator known for embracing virtual learning and keeping her students engaged has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Nikki Clemons, is a first-grade teacher at Paw Paw Early Elementary, which is part of the Paw Paw Public 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 news segment featuring Clemons will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Clemons said her desire to be creative and make a difference led her to a career in education.

“I wanted to be creative and make a difference. I wanted to teach in a way that each student can learn, which means teaching in many different ways. I wanted to make learning fun and exciting for everyone.”

She said building relationships with each of her students is her favorite part of being an educator.

“Creating relationships with each of my students and making real connections are two of the most rewarding things for me as a teacher. I love looking at the growth for each of my students from the beginning of the year to the very last day. That moment when they realize all that they did and can do is amazing.”

A grandmother of a student nominated Clemons for the award. The nomination cited her ability to adapt to virtual learning and keeping her students engaged.

“Teaching first graders is a challenge in itself, as students are just learning a sense of independence. With the added chaos of the pandemic, the challenges are even more. I have had the opportunity to hear the interactions of Mrs. Clemons virtual classes being held and as a grandmother of one of her students, it brought tears to my eyes observing just how much she cares about her students.

She has done an exceptional job ensuring that all of her students are on the Zoom calls and able to participate. When one of the students isn’t necessarily speaking up during class, she is checking in with them, to ensure that every student is heard. Mrs. Clemons takes the extra time needed with each of the kids to make them feel as comfortable as they can be to learn in this challenging situation. She takes the time to listen to her students even when they need to be moving on to the next assignment or subject.

Mrs. Clemons is doing a fabulous job at keeping the kids engaged while in class and it shows in the way her students talk to her and want to share so much with her. It is comforting to know that when my granddaughter goes to class, whether in person or virtually, she is in good hands and eager to go. I know that a lot of that has to do with the relationship she has with her teacher.”

Clemons earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. She has been an educator for eight years. This is her first year with Paw Paw Early Elementary.

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

An Oakland County educator known for her positive attitude and spreading positivity to her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Casey Crawford, is a K-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder teacher at Barnard Elementary, which is part of the Troy 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 news segment featuring Crawford will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Crawford said the challenges and rewards of teaching drew her to a career in education.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with kids and their families. Special Education is something I realized I wanted to do in High School. I love to be creative in my classroom, teach academics, as well as social skills and life skills. I love the relationships I’ve created with my students and their families. It’s a career that is forever changing and extremely challenging, but the most rewarding.”

She said relationships with students and families are her favorite part of being an educator.

“I love them all so much and can’t imagine any other job, even on the really tough days. I love that every day is different and brings on a new problem to solve. I am never bored!”

Crawford was nominated for the award by her fiancé. The nomination cited her selflessness.

“She starts every day with a positive attitude seeking ways on how she can make a positive impact on her students. She uses her own money to buy supplies, snacks, and countless other things to fill her classroom to ensure that her classroom has everything and anything a student may need to succeed. When students walk through the doors of the school, they know that Ms. Crawford is there to support, motivate, and unconditionally love everyone that approaches her. She continues to display these characteristics outside of the classroom as well. Whether it is driving to a student’s house to deliver books to support them in distance learning, printing out and hand delivering worksheets for a student who doesn’t have access to a printer, or even spending her own money to purchase birthday gifts to celebrate students and make it known once again how much she cares for them. Ms. Crawford is a selfless, loving, genuine teacher who deserves to be celebrated for being the most excellent educator I have ever known.”

Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is currently completing a master’s degree program at Michigan State University. She has been an educator for two years, both with the Troy 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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Washtenaw County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Washtenaw County educator known for her creativity and inspiring her colleagues has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jennifer Harris, is a second-grade teacher at Allen Elementary, which is part of Ann Arbor 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 Harris will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Harris said her love of working with children and making a difference in their lives drew her to a career in education.

“I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I love working with children and I have always known I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. I simply could not imagine doing any other job. Becoming a teacher is what I feel I was meant to do.”

She said the endless rewarding feeling she gets from students is her favorite part of being an educator.

“I have taught kindergarten through fourth grade, and no matter which grade I am teaching, there are endless rewarding aspects to working with each age group. I love watching children in my class learn to read and write. It is exciting to witness their mathematical reasoning and thinking as the year unfolds. I have the great opportunity to lead, teach, and witness a group of learners where friendships are forming, students are working together and learning to solve problems together, and a class community is forming in front of my eyes. Second grade is a pivotal year where students begin as early elementary learners and transition into upper elementary learners. This age group of children grows and matures in so many ways during their second-grade experience. My ultimate favorite thing about being an educator is knowing I have the privilege to play a role in and be a part of my students’ learning and growth.”

A family member who has been an educator for 38 years nominated Harris for the award. The nomination cited her willingness to make personal sacrifices for her school and students.

“Jennifer Harris has consistently strived to be the best she can be. She sets high standards for herself and works tirelessly to provide outstanding lessons, accommodations for every type of learner and exceptional care and kindness for each student. She is regularly requested by parents whose children she has had in the past and is known for going above and beyond in building positive teacher/parent relationships. Her creativity is inspiring to her colleagues and she is a model of a ‘team player’.

She has been selected to teach in summer programs due to her strong work ethic and a reputation for being dependable and highly committed. Her students know that Mrs. Harris will do whatever is needed to make their academic experience a memorable one. Her colleagues know that there is no one who is more dedicated to helping the staff and school reach their goals than Jennifer. Throughout her career, she has made personal sacrifices to assure that Allen School, with its diverse population, is looked upon favorably in the Ann Arbor community.”

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has been an educator for 27 years, all with Ann Arbor 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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