Rochester Hills Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize from Michigan Lottery

MSL MegaMillions LogoIt took four phone calls from the Michigan Lottery before a Rochester Hills man answered and learned he’d won $1 million playing Mega Millions online.

Anthony Frabotta, 66, matched the five white balls drawn – 08-42-54-63-67 – in the Jan. 24 Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I missed a few calls from a Lansing-area phone number the day after I won. I usually don’t answer if I don’t recognize the number, but I thought somebody might need bail money so I answered,” Frabotta joked.

On the other end of the phone was a supervisor from the Lottery’s customer service center to confirm Frabotta had won a big prize.

“At first I thought I had goofed something up or done something wrong,” said Frabotta. “When the supervisor, Joe, said I won $1 million it got my attention. I looked at the speakerphone in my office and said: ‘Say that again please!’

“While I was listening to Joe, I opened my account and saw I had a $1 million pending prize. That’s when it hit me that I had really won.”

Frabotta visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to support children’s charities in Metro Detroit and retire a couple of years early.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. 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 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tickets for Mega Millions drawings may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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

Jeff Grossman (right) poses for a photo with his daughter, Kara Grossman, son, Brett Grossman, and granddaughters, Sadie and Maya Grossman, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Jeff Grossman (right) poses for a photo with his daughter, Kara Grossman, son, Brett Grossman, and granddaughters, Sadie and Maya Grossman, after accepting his Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

An Ingham Intermediate School District educator known for helping his students develop the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workplace as well as helping them master welding technology has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jeff Grossman, is a welding technology instructor at the Capital Area Career Center in Mason.  The Career Center is operated by the Ingham Intermediate School District. At the Career Center, Grossman – an educator for more than four decades – teaches welding technology to high school juniors and seniors. He also is a welding technology instructor at Lansing Community College.

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 Grossman 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 Grossman with the award at the Breslin Center.

Grossman said the outstanding teachers that he had in high school inspired him to pursue a career in education.  He added that his favorite part of being an educator is seeing students gain confidence in themselves as they master various welding skills and techniques.

“Students come to the career center because they want to learn and prepare themselves for their future, whether that is going directly into a career or post-secondary education. I get to help them learn and when they master a skill, we’re both happy,” he said.

A colleague nominated Grossman for the Excellence in Education award, saying that the “hands-on learning and the mentoring that he provides is beyond compare.”

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

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

“Mr. Grossman believes that all of his students deserve a chance to succeed in the program and he works with them to make that happen,” the nomination said.

“The students leave his program after two years with a wealth of knowledge that gives them a trade that they will have for life or help them pay for college after graduation.  He teaches them to work as a team and to have compassion and respect for one another. It makes me proud to work with someone with such great work ethic that, in turn, is instilled in his students.”

Grossman earned two degrees from Michigan State University:  a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts education and a master of arts in curriculum and instruction.  He has been an educator at the Capital Area Career Center for 42 years and also has served as an instructor at Lansing Community College for 38 years.

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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$22.6 Million Jackpot Winning Lotto 47 Ticket Sold in Montcalm County

A lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Lotto 47 ticket in Montcalm County is millionaire after winning the game’s $22.6 million jackpot.

The winning ticket matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn Saturday: 12-17-19-29-36-39. The winning ticket was bought at the Greenville E-Z Mart, located at 115 East Washington Street in Greenville.

The big win is the second-largest Lotto 47 jackpot ever won. The largest Lotto 47 jackpot won was a $23.6 million jackpot, was won by a Macomb County player on March 1, 2008. The Lotto 47 jackpot last was won on June 22, 2016 by a Wayne County man, who won $2 million.

The lucky jackpot winner may choose to receive the big prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $14.3 million, or to receive annuity payments of about $753,000 annually for 30 years.

The lucky ticket holder from Saturday’s drawing should contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to make an appointment to claim the prize at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing. Lotto 47 tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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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Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Aric Nesbitt as Michigan Lottery Commissioner

Aric Nesbitt

Aric Nesbitt

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Aric Nesbitt of Lawton as Michigan Lottery Commissioner.

The lottery commissioner is responsible for the overall management and operation of the bureau, including development of long-range plans, formulation of policy, assuring the accountability and integrity of the lottery, and establishing and maintaining contact with state legislators to research, evaluate, and gauge the impact of lottery-related legislation.

“I thank Aric for his continued service to the great state of Michigan. He has served many years in public service and I am confident that experience will suit him well in this role,” Snyder said.

Nesbitt served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He previously served as Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Murphy and Congressman Tim Walberg. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hillsdale College and a master’s in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics. He will replace M. Scott Bowen.

His term is effective Feb. 19, 2017 and will serve at the pleasure of the Governor. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Michigan Lottery’s Lotto 47 Jackpot Climbs to $22.55 Million

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win the second-largest Lotto 47 jackpot ever – $22.55 million – in Saturday’s drawing.

The largest Lotto 47 jackpot won was a $23.6 million jackpot, was won by a Macomb County player on March 1, 2008.

Players won the Lotto 47 jackpot eight times in 2016, with the jackpots totaling more than $14.1 million. In January 2016, a Mason County couple won a $4.2 million Lotto 47 jackpot, which was the largest prize for that game in 2016. The Lotto 47 jackpot last was won on June 22, 2016 by a Wayne County man, who won $2 million.

To win the jackpot, players must match all six of the numbers drawn. Jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $14.3 million, or to receive annuity payments of about $751,000 annually for 30 years.

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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