Saginaw Man Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Saginaw man has a lifetime of cash in his future after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Richard Miller III, 47, matched the five white balls drawn Feb. 24 – 23-27-33-44-48 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 2032 Bay Street in Saginaw. Miller is the 28th Michigan player to win a lifetime prize in the Lucky For Life game.

“I play Lucky For Life at the 7-Eleven when I stop to get my energy drinks,” said Miller. “I’ve become friends with one of the clerks there and she called me the morning after the drawing to tell me they sold the winning ticket and thought it was me.

“I went to 7-Eleven to check my ticket and was amazed when I saw I really won! I was so close to winning $1,000 a day for life. The Lucky Ball drawn was 11, and I had that three times on my ticket. Winning $25,000 a year for life is great though!”

Miller visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to take his prize as an annuity and will receive annual payments of $25,000 a year for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

“I don’t know how to feel about winning yet. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights since I won, and I’m so glad to finally get this money in the bank!” Miller said.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Friday the 13th Historically Lucky for Michigan Lottery Mega Millions Players

Don’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.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $80 million. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. Friday.

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Macomb County Woman Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Lucky For Life

A Macomb County woman plans to pay off her bills after winning $25,000 a year for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life game.

Mary Ann Davis, of St. Clair Shores, matched the five white balls drawn May 6, 2019 – 13-14-26-36-39 – to win the big prize. She bought her winning ticket at the Country Party Store, located at 23750 Greater Mack Avenue in Saint Clair Shores.

“I bought some other Lottery tickets and had $6 change, so I decided to buy three Lucky For Life Easy Picks,” said Davis. “I scanned the ticket a few days later and thought there is no way I had really won. I got online and looked up where the ticket was bought at, and that’s when I knew I was the winner.”

Davis, 67, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time payment of $390,000, rather than annual payments of $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. She plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Lucky For Life drawings take place every Monday and Thursday at 10:35 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state.

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Oakland County Man Wins $325,640 Fantasy 5 Jackpot Online

An Oakland County man will be riding in style after winning a $325,640 Fantasy 5 jackpot online from the Michigan Lottery.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn on Feb. 28 to win the big prize: 06-19-27-35-36. He bought his ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I play every once in a while, and a lucky feeling hit me while I was at my parents’ house visiting,” said the 45-year-old-player. “I got out my phone and went online to buy a ticket, and it turned out to be the best $1 I’ve ever spent.

“When I logged in the next day, I got a message that I had won the jackpot and I couldn’t believe it. My young son has wanted a Tesla Cybertruck, so that is on my list of things to buy.”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. In addition to a new vehicle, he plans to pay some bills and then save the remainder.

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 $118,000.

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

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

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

A Bay County educator known for using hands-on experiments and activities to engage her students and getting them involved with community service projects – such as taking therapy dogs to senior living facilities – has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Karrie Marciniak, teaches third grade at Mackensen Elementary School, which is part of the Bay City 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 Marciniak will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Marciniak said she was attracted to a career in education because “I wanted to make an impact on kids and help them to love learning and make lasting memories.”

“My favorite part of being a teacher is building relationships with kids and showing them that they all possess many beautiful gifts,” she said.

Marciniak said her students motivate her to do her best each day. “I want my kids to love learning and make lasting memories in the third grade.  I want them to recognize their own gifts, as well as the beauty that resides within others.

“I want all of the kids who walk into my classroom to feel safe, seen, heard, and celebrated.  It’s become a passion of mine to incorporate social and emotional learning into our everyday routine.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Marciniak described her as “a caring, devoted, involved and hard-working third grade teacher.”

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

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

“She strives to provide her students with the best possible learning environment with many approved Donors Choose project requests,” the nomination said, referring to a website that allows people to donate money for classroom projects across the nation.

“They have flexible seating, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) supplies, an incubator for chicks, a 3-D printer and much more.

“Karrie has been instrumental in writing and bringing numerous grants to benefit her school. She encourages teachers in Donors Choose projects and for students to write grants. Karrie has been doing these kinds of things for years and continues to keep coming up with ideas such as ‘Thinking Thursdays’ for STEM activities, hatching chicks and ducklings, anti-bullying pledges with school-wide participation, and kids making hats for hospital babies,” the nomination said.

“She involves parents in many of the projects and promotes self-esteem, kindness, and community service orientation in her kids.

“Karrie leads her team of kiddos in a community service group called ‘Mackensen Paws For A Book.’ She has therapy dogs brought to class because the kids love reading to them. Team Paws kids go to senior living facilities to visit, campaign against bullying, collect socks and underwear for the local homeless shelter, and to promote kindness.”

Marciniak earned a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and has taken graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University. She has been an educator for 17 years, the last nine with the Pay City 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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