Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, 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 Thursday and Friday.

All regularly scheduled drawings will take place on Thursday and Friday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has teamed up with may have office hours on Thursday and Friday, however, they will not be able to process claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Monday at 7:45 a.m.

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

A Gogebic County educator known for navigating distance learning with her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Susan Clausen, is a second-grade teacher with the Ironwood Area 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 Clausen will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Clausen, who comes from a family of teachers, said her desire to help students who struggle in school led her to a career in education.

“My start was in the special education field but changed after 20 years into the general education field in hopes of filling the gaps before students are considered for special education,” said Clausen.

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “seeing students’ faces light up when they learn a new skill. It’s also incredibly rewarding seeing students I had years ago stop me and say hello. Even after so long, we can still connect.”

Clausen was nominated for the award by the parent of a student. The nomination cited her ability to adapt to distance learning without sacrificing time for students.

“She has been able to direct these kids as if they were there in person and has followed a great schedule. These kids have been able to navigate not only their materials at home but also their online assignments. I have been in awe watching these kids navigate this new way of learning. I was worried that by choosing to safely keep them home their learning would take a hit but that clearly isn’t the case.”

Clausen earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She has been an educator for 23 years, 21 in the Ironwood Area 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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Friday the 13th Historically Lucky for Michigan Lottery Mega Millions Players

Friday the 13thDon’t tell Michigan Lottery players that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.

The Mega Millions game has been particularly lucky for Lottery players on Friday the 13th. Since 2003, Lottery players have won more than $176 million in jackpots from Friday the 13th drawings.

Four Michigan Lottery players hit Mega Millions jackpots on the supposedly unluckiest of days. The most recent winner, Kevin Blake, of Waterford, split a $42 million jackpot with a Rhode Island player on Oct. 13, 2017.

Blake chose to receive the $21 million jackpot as a one-time lump sum of about $13.1 million, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. After tax withholdings, he received about $9.3 million.

In addition to the jackpot prizes, 32 lucky Mega Millions players have won prizes ranging from $10,000 up to $1 million on Friday the 13th.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Ingham County Man Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Holiday Gold Instant Game

An Ingham County man says winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Holiday Gold instant game will be life changing.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Rich Oil, located at 601 West Bellevue in Leslie. Leslie is about 25 miles south of Lansing.

“I like playing the new instant games when they come out, so I bought a Holiday Gold ticket,” said the 60-year-old player. “I scratched it when I got home and had a moment of disbelief. It took me about a half hour to tell my wife.

“It’s still sinking in that I won, but I know this will change my life. I’ll be able to pay some bills, and then maybe even retire a little sooner than I had planned.”

Players have won more than $3 million playing Holiday Gold, which launched in October. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000. More than $25 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 and 15 $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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

A Wayne County educator known for his compassion as a teacher and coach has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Charlie Butler, is a high school social studies teacher at Grosse Ile High School, which is part of Grosse Ile Township 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 Butler will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Butler, a litigation attorney for more than 20 years, said he was drawn to a career in education when a friend convinced him to teach Sunday School.

“My friend talked me into teaching Sunday School because they were short handed and had no male teachers,” said Butler. “I felt I had a talent for it, but more importantly I knew how to listen to the kids. Practicing law became more about chasing dollars for me and I decided I wanted to make a change to something I valued more. I haven’t looked back since.”

Butler was nominated for the award by a former student and athlete he coached. The nomination cited his ability to help students find their perspective and the connections he makes.

“Charlie Butler has been one of the most influential educators of my high school experience. Having him as both a teacher and coach allowed me to develop a significant connection with him, one that I plan to hold onto throughout the remainder of my life. Whether I was in his class learning or on the court giving it my all, his support was always visible. Although I could make a long list of the astonishing qualities Coach Butler obtains, his consistent compassion is what stood out most to me. One specific conversation we had together impacted my viewpoint on situations and shaped my perspective to the way I view things today.”

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College, a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a juris doctor from Wayne State University. He has been an educator for 15 years, 14 in Grosse Isle.

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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