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

Margy Barile (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Margy Barile (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Ingham County educator known for her dedication to improving education through the innovative use of technology for teachers and students across her district has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Margy Barile, is an instructional technology specialist for the Haslett 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 Barile will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Barile said she was attracted to a career in education because “I love children and can’t think of a better profession to work in. I love working with amazing students and staff in an outstanding school district!

“I am very lucky to have a job that I love and find very rewarding. It’s so rewarding to positively impact a student’s life in any way and to work each day to provide all children with a quality education.  I am just one of so many hard-working, excellent teachers who strive every day to provide their students with the best education they can,” she said.  “It’s an honor and a pleasure to work with so many excellent educational professionals.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Barile described as “a true leader” whose initiatives and accomplishments reflect her dedication to students and the Haslett Public Schools.

“Margy Barile has implemented a successful district-wide blended learning program that has benefited nearly every teacher in the district. Since 2016, more than 140 teachers have participated in this professional development program and have received personalized, curriculum-specific training and coaching on the integration of technology in the classroom,” the nomination said.

“Some examples of what teachers have learned include using Google Expeditions for virtual field trips and Seesaw for student portfolios, how to create a YouTube channel for math instructional videos, and how to use literacy apps for speech development in students with autism.”

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

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

Barile also implemented “an online summer school program for high school and middle school students,” the nomination said. “This highly successful program had 35 course enrollments the first year and more than 60 enrollments the second year. Ms. Barile also played an integral part in the development of Haslett Virtual Academy, and developed a Curriculum Release Day program for teachers to collaborate and enrich their curriculum with digital tools and resources.

“She serves an important role for the special education department as well, making recommendations on the use of assistive technology for students. She has trained teachers and students on a variety of assistive technology programs to improve program consistency for students with learning disabilities,” the nomination said.

“Ms. Barile has demonstrated vision by encouraging the district to participate in the Future Ready Schools program and introducing the concept of free, ‘open education resources’ through the Michigan Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative. She recruited teachers and coordinated the district’s participation in the National Board Certification program, the most respected professional certification program.

“The district also has benefited from Ms. Barile’s outreach efforts. She helped secure the donation of a 3D printer for the elementary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, math) program from the Meridian Economic Development Corp. and her involvement with the Kiwanis Club of Haslett-Okemos led to the donation of 30 Chromebooks and a charging cart for the Haslett Middle School.

“This year, Ms. Barile convinced the Foundation for Haslett Schools to team up with the Kiwanis Club to provide free Chromebooks to 51 students.”

Barile earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and English from Michigan State University, a master of science degree in library and information science from Wayne State University, and a master of arts degree in educational technology from Michigan State University. She has been an educator for 25 years, the past 16 with the Haslett Public Schools.

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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St. Joseph County Woman Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker Instant Game

A St. Joseph County woman is still in disbelief after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker instant game.

“I bought the ticket while I was at the grocery store and decided to scratch it before I left,” said the 37-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I saw I won $1 million, I was in complete shock. I called my husband right away to tell him, and he couldn’t believe it either!”

She bought her winning ticket at Harding’s Market, located at 808 West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers.

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new house.

“It still feels unreal to win a prize like this, it hasn’t sunk it yet. It feels like a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” the player said.

Players have won more than $9 million playing Millionaire Maker which launched this month. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $40 up to $1 million. More than $89 million in prizes remain, including 11 $1 million top prizes and 58 $5,000 prizes.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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Michigan Lottery Players Win Prizes Playing the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™

Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson

Michigan Lottery players brought home cash prizes after participating in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™.

Fifteen Michigan Lottery players, were among nearly 100 lottery players from around the country, who participated in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE for a chance to win up to $1 billion. The event took place at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Each player came home with a prize:

  • Candace Johnson, of Southfield, $60,000
  • Jennifer Bell, of Detroit, $25,000
  • Jill Hoppe, of Bay City, $25,000
  • Ada Ochoa, Brighton, $25,000
  • David Arthur, of Grosse Isle, $1,000
  • Kristopher Bovee, of Saginaw, $1,000
  • Jennifer Burbary, of Sterling Heights, $1,000
  • Christine Dodge, of Brighton, $1,000
  • Robert Haack, of Rochester Hills, $1,000
  • Collen LaFavors, of Detroit, $1,000
  • Randy Naughton, of China, $1,000
  • Douglas Palicki, of Manitou Beach, $1,000
  • Norman Reece, of South Lyon, $1,000
  • Shawn Wilkison, of Eastpointe, $1,000
  • Cam May Witkowski, of Hawks, $1,000

“I thought winning a free trip to Las Vegas was great,” said Candace Johnson. “I brought my daughter with me and it is the first time we’ve both been here. Getting the chance to go on stage after getting a Golden Ticket was incredible.

“Winning $60,000 playing the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE makes this a trip I’ll never forget. I’m looking forward to sharing this prize with my family and using it as a cushion for my retirement.”

Johnson was one of five players who received a Golden Ticket to advance to the second round of the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE.

Each player won the opportunity to participate in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE by entering ticket codes from non-winning GOLDEN TICKET™ II instant game tickets. Each player received round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas, deluxe hotel accommodations for four days and three nights, ground transportation to and from the Las Vegas airport and hotel, and $1,000 spending money.

An Ohio player won $2 million in the final round of the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE.

Each $10 GOLDEN TICKET™ II ticket offered players 20 chances to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players won more than $30 million playing the GOLDEN TICKET™ II instant game.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing Lottery instant games.

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

Matthew Fields (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Matthew Fields (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Tuscola County educator known for his dedication to helping his students and school and for volunteering for a host of duties in his community has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Matthew Fields, teaches seventh through ninth grade physical education, an athletic training class, and 10th grade world history at Kingston High School, which is part of the Kingston Community Schools. He also serves as a coach for the varsity football team and the junior high school track team.

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 Fields will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

“I have always known I wanted to be a teacher,” Fields said. “I have had several teachers who had a positive influence on my life.”

He said his favorite parts of being an educator are “forming lifelong bonds with students and being able to serve as a mentor to them and give them advice.”

Fields said his students, colleagues, and community motivate him to do his best each day. “I am fortunate to work in a fantastic community with amazing colleagues and outstanding students. They are worth all of the extra effort.”

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

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

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Fields said that “he strives for leadership in all things and his effectiveness in the lives of children shines through.”

“His dedication to the community shows,” the nomination, noting that in addition to his regular duties as a teacher and coach, Fields “also volunteers his time to be an after-school tutor, a class advisor, and to run the concession stand for sporting events. He also is a registered official for the Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) and officiates football, wrestling, and track and field.

“Mr. Fields also is a mentor for junior officials through the MHSAA and helps them learn during Sunday youth football games.”

Fields earned a bachelor’s degree in history, physical education, and health science from Saginaw Valley State University and last year earned master’s degree in education administration. He has been an educator for 10 years, all with the Kingston Community Schools.

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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Lansing Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s GOLDEN TICKET II™ Instant Game

It was “just another day” for a Lansing man until he won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s GOLDEN TICKET™ II instant game.

“I stopped at the gas station to buy a pop and decided to buy a lottery ticket after winning $100 on one the week before,” said the 28-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I was feeling lucky and thought I could win on another.

“I was scratching the ticket and saw the number ‘3’ matched. When I saw the ‘$1MIL’ symbol underneath it, I couldn’t believe it. I still feel overwhelmed!”

He bought his winning ticket at the Admiral gas station, located at 2626 North Grand River Avenue in Lansing.

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to travel and then save the remainder.

Players have won more than $29 million playing GOLDEN TICKET™ II which launched in July 2018. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $24 million in prizes remain, including one $1 million top prize and 30 $10,000 prizes.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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