Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 Jackpot Reaches $11.1 Million

Lotto 47 with EZMatchThe cash continues to pile up for tonight’s Lotto 47, which now stands at $11.1 million. To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn.

If a player wins tonight’s Lotto 47 jackpot, it would be the largest Lotto 47 jackpot won in 2016. In January, a lucky player won a $4.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot with a ticket bought in Custer. The Lotto 47 jackpot has been won eight times in 2016 with the jackpots totaling more than $14.1 million.

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 Woman Wins $60,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Queen of Diamonds Instant Game Online; Lottery Celebrates with Online Free Play

Nichol Evans smiles after collecting a $60,000 prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Nichol Evans smiles after collecting a $60,000 prize from the Michigan Lottery.

A Saginaw woman turned a break at work into a $60,000 payday thanks to the Michigan Lottery’s Queen of Diamonds online game.

“I was taking a break at work when I started playing the Queen of Diamonds game on my iPhone,” said Nichol Evans, 30. “When I saw the message pop-up on the screen that I had won $60,000 I took a screenshot just to make sure I was reading everything right.”

Evans quickly ran to her boss’s office to share the good news.

“When I ran into my boss’s office he probably thought I was crazy, but when I showed him my phone he couldn’t believe I had won either,” said Evans. “Next, I called my husband and he already had the money spent as soon as I told him I had won.”

Evans recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her students loans and give her family a great Christmas.

“I enjoy playing online because it’s easy and fun,” said Evans. “This is the second big prize I’ve won playing Queen of Diamonds. Just about a month ago I won $20,000. I hope the game is around for a long time!”

To celebrate Evans’s big win, the Lottery is offering new and existing online players free online play.

Beginning Friday, the Lottery is offering five free games of Queen of Diamonds to all new online players who use the promo code QUEEN when they sign up for a new account. The special offer promo code will be available for a limited time. Players who already have an online Lottery account should log in to their account beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday and click on the Queen of Diamonds game to receive five free games available to claim until 7 a.m. on Saturday. To participate in these special offers, players should visit MichiganLottery.com.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players may also win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 30 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 426,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2015, Lottery players won nearly $128 million playing games online.

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Genesee County Man Wins $232,490 Club Keno The Jack Prize from the Michigan Lottery

William Krupp, Jr. visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his Club Keno The Jack prize.

William Krupp, Jr. visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his Club Keno The Jack prize.

A Genesee County man was stunned when he learned he’d won $232,490 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Club Keno The Jack game.

William Krupp, Jr., of Clio, won the big prize when his easy pick The Jack numbers – 13-26-41-51-54-61-74-79 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1395734 on Nov. 9. He bought his winning ticket at Vic’s grocery store, located at 10211 Clio Road in Clio.

“I was doing some shopping at Vic’s and stopped at the self-scanner to see if my ticket was a winner,” said Krupp. “At first, I thought the scanner had to be broken, so I checked my ticket using the Lottery app on my phone. When I saw all of my numbers come up, I was shocked!”

Krupp's winning ticket.

Krupp’s winning ticket.

Krupp visited Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings he plans to pay off his house.

“Winning the Lottery is an incredible experience. I just can’t believe it’s real,” Krupp said.

The Jack is a Club Keno add-on game that players may add to their Club Keno wager for as little as $1 per draw. With The Jack, players get eight easy pick numbers to match to the Club Keno numbers drawn. Players may win prizes ranging from $1 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. To win the jackpot, players must match all eight numbers.

Club Keno may be played at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings take place every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.

In 2015, Lottery players won about $380.7 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Genesee County Woman Wins $1 Million Playing Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Jackpot Instant Game

11-29-16-1000000-jackpot-ig723-anonymous-genesee-countyA Genesee County woman is planning to “make Christmas better” for her family after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Jackpot instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at Bears Corner Party Shop, located at 5519 North Elms Road in Flushing.

The player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the big prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than an annuity. In addition to making her family’s Christmas better, the player plans to pay off bills, and use some of the money for college.

Players have won more than $34.6 million playing $1,000,000 Jackpot game, which launched in August 2015. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $1 million in prizes remain, including seven $1,000 prizes.

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

In 2015, Lottery players won more than $722.1 million playing instant games.

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

Shirley Ries poses for a photo with Riley Elementary principal, Joseph Corr, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Shirley Ries poses for a photo with Riley Elementary principal, Joseph Corr, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

A Clinton County educator known for sharing her love of music with students and using it to help them grow both academically and personally has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Shirley Ries, teaches music to about 700 students at three elementary schools in the St. Johns Public Schools district.  She also serves as the grade level chairperson for the elementary music, art, and physical education staff.

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 $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, and FOX 47 in Lansing. The news segment featuring Ries will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing and then on Thursday in Detroit.

For the Excellence in Education awards program, the Lottery has teamed up with Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo, who recently presented Ries with the award at the Breslin Center.

In turn, Ries performed the Michigan State fight song on her ukulele for Izzo.  “He said that was the first time that he’d heard it played on a ukulele,” she said with a laugh.

Ries said she chose a career in education at a young age because “I’ve always loved helping others learn.  My elementary music teacher enthralled me and I wanted to grow up to be like her.”

She said she’s motivated to give her best every day because of her students and the strong work ethic instilled in her by her parents.  “My parents taught me that ‘if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.’ And it’s wonderful to watch my students gain confidence in their new skills.”

Shirley Ries talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Shirley Ries talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting his Excellence in Education award.

Ries was nominated for the Excellence in Education award by a colleague, who also is the parent of one of her students.  The nomination described her as “a treasure and a dynamo” who focuses on providing students a quality music education and “is highly active in other aspects of our school community, preparing students for concerts, helping with talent shows, mileage clubs, and wherever help is needed to make our learning community the best it can be for the students of St. Johns.”

“At every school, she provides students with opportunities to shine while playing instruments, singing, moving and creating.  She holds concerts every year for every grade level in every school where she teaches,” the nomination said.

“I have watched her go above and beyond by making sure all students have an instrument to play, working with students outside of the regular school hours with private lessons or to work on talent show performances.  She recently secured a donation of 30 ukuleles to bring a new tool to the classroom for student learning.”

Ries earned a bachelor degree in music education from Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa, and master’s degree from Marygrove College.  She has been an educator for 22 years, the past 17 with the St. Johns Public 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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