Ottawa County Woman Wins $185,063 Club Keno The Jack Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Chris-Ann Martini and her husband, Darrell, smile after collecting a $185,063 Club Keno The Jack prize.

Chris-Ann Martini and her husband, Darrell, smile after collecting a $185,063 Club Keno The Jack prize.

Keeping a close eye on The Jack paid off for an Ottawa County woman, who won $185,063.

“I was out to lunch and my husband, Darrell, noticed that The Jack was getting pretty high,” said Chris-Ann Martini. “We kept watching here and there and the next thing we knew, The Jack had reset to $10,000.

“I had a lucky feeling, so I walked over to the scanner to check my ticket and then had a co-worker double check it for me with the Lottery app. I was then, and still am, in shock!”

Martini's winning ticket.

Martini’s winning ticket.

The 46-year-old Martini matched her easy pick The Jack numbers – 08-14-16-20-54-61-64-71 – to eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1801553. She bought her winning ticket at the Lake Michigan Sports Bar, located at 4072 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest in Walker.

With her winnings, Martini plans to invest in her retirement account.

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 10,500 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 2019, Lottery players won about $410 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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Rockford Man Wins $200,830 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

Randy Vansingel and his wife, Joni, smile after collecting a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

Randy Vansingel and his wife, Joni, smile after collecting a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

A Rockford man is looking forward to “financial relief” after winning a $200,830 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

Randy Vansingel, 63, matched the matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Monday to win the big prize 09-27-28-31-34. He bought his winning ticket at the Mobil gas station, located at 11800 Northland Drive Northeast in Rockford.

“I play a few numbers for Fantasy 5 each day,” said Vansingel. “Every morning before I head to work, I check my tickets. This morning I got the surprise of a lifetime!

“I was yelling for my wife, Joni, and could hardly get the words out to tell her I’d won the jackpot. We both had to rub our eyes and read the numbers a few times before we could believe it.

Vansingel's winning ticket.

Vansingel’s winning ticket.

“It’s been a tough few years and this is going to give us some financial relief. I won’t have to work overtime any more just to make ends meet.”

Vansingel recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize.

“I’m going to pay all of my bills and then take Joni out for a lobster dinner if there’s enough left over,” Vansingel said.

Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $100,000.

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

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

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

An Oakland County educator known for her dedication to help students explore new opportunities to develop their abilities and build confidence in themselves has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Mary Hulliberger, is the director of bands at Walled Lake Northern High School, which is part of the Walled Lake Consolidated 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 Hulliberger will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Hulliberger said she was attracted to a career in education because “from an early age, I liked music. I had a dynamic middle school and high school teacher.  I knew music education was for me!”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “the ‘Ah-ha!’ moments when students get it! And on stage, after the work and process and we are sharing all our work in concert.”

Hulliberger said she’s motivated to do her best because “I know that I make a difference each day! Each kid is worth the extra effort! It is a joy for me to go to school every day!”

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

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

A student nominated Hulliberger for the Excellence in Education award, saying that “she goes out of her way to provide opportunities to help her students grow.”

“In the four years that I’ve had her as a teacher, she’s offered me endless opportunities and encouraged me to improve,” the nomination said.  “For my senior year, she provided me leadership opportunities that gave me the chance to grow. She made me a section leader in marching band, gave me the chance to lead a jazz ensemble, and provided me the opportunity to help direct the freshman concert band. I am planning to continue playing in a jazz band in college!

“Our bands have scored high at all of our competitions under her leadership. She has taken her students to England to march in a New Year’s parade and to Disneyworld to perform there.

“Mrs. Hulliberger makes a point to get to know all of her students. She has a great sense of humor and provides a welcoming environment for everyone from freshman to senior year, even people outside the band program. Anyone in the school who needs help can go to her door, and she’ll do her best to help them. If you walk into class upset, she pulls you aside and asks in a humorous way: ‘Who do I need to beat up?’ and then offers you a chance to talk about the situation. When I got into a car accident before school, she let me in her office to cry. When the class was over, she let me talk about my ordeal.”

Hulliberger earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University – where she was the first female drum major for the school’s marching band – and a master’s degree in conducting from Southern Oregon University.  She has been an educator for 21 years, the past 11 with the Walled Lake Consolidated 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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Genesee County Woman Wins $300,000 on Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show

Winning $300,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show means less work and more time with family for a Genesee County woman.

Tammy Wood, 60, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Wood was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“When I got the call about the show, I thought it had to be too good to be true,” said Wood. “I waited for my husband to come home and we did some research before calling the Lottery back.

“I teach three- and four-year-olds, so winning $300,000 means I can finally take summers off. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my family.”

Wood was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. This was the final second-chance drawing for The Big Spin game. Each player selected spun The Big Spin wheel and had a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spun The Big Spin wheel were guaranteed to win at least $100,000.

All told, 20 players were selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events, which air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players won more than $9 million on The Big Spin show.

Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $20 million playing The Big Spin. More than $55 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 107 $1,000 prizes.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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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.

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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