Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans 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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Monroe County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

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

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

A Monroe County educator known for connecting with students as individuals to help them succeed and inspiring them to do their best academically and outside the classroom has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Brenda Tally, teaches seventh grade English Language Arts at the Wagar Middle School, in Carleton. It is part of the Airport Community 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 Tally will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Tally said the teachers that she had as a student inspired her to become an educator. “I wanted to impact lives the way my life was impacted. I still have days that I think about the teachers who have made all the difference in my life.”

She said her favorite part of being a teacher are the “Ah-ha!” moments. “There is nothing better than seeing the face of a student who gets a new idea or concept and they realize that they’ve learned something new.”

Tally said the opportunity to help students succeed in life motivates her to do her best every day. “I grew up hard and teachers made the difference in my life. And I want to make that difference for others.”

Another teacher nominated Tally for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “a master at reaching students and showing them that she cares about their success, but does not accept less than their best in behavior, respect, or academics.”

“Brenda does not accept anything but a student’s best,” the nomination said. “She consistently devotes her lunch and after school time to working with students to give them the boost they need to understand concepts.

“She demonstrates finesse in her conversations and interactions with students, using the perfect mix of accountability, humor, forgiveness, and opportunity for restoration. I have learned a phenomenal amount about teaching, integrity, and character watching Brenda work with students and peers.

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

“She has embraced technology and works countless hours to use all our platforms to engage students in a meaningful way.”

The nomination noted that Tally “has consistently had the highest growth scores amongst her peers” and that she was asked to teach at the district’s summer school program for at risk kindergarten-through-second grade students because of her record of increasing student performance scores and her rapport with students and their families.

“We also have a seventh grade Jets Club that hosts periodic events after school for all seventh grade students to promote teacher/student and student/student relationships” and Tally plays a key role in planning and putting on the events, the nomination said.

“Brenda also inspires her students with her health and fitness, specifically, setting and reaching goals, persevering despite obstacles, and achieving at an amazing level. Brenda trains and competes in Ironman Triathlons in her spare time, inspiring others to do something without judgment.

“Although, this is not directly related to her teaching, it is an example to her students of goal setting, taking small steps to reach your goal, persevering during adversity, and maintaining focus. She is a positive example to all.”

Tally earned a bachelor of science degree at Eastern Michigan University and a master of education degree from the University of Michigan. She has been an educator for 24 years, the last 17 with the Airport Community Schools.

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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Record $1.84 Million Fast Cash Jackpot Won in Monroe County

Rock On SmokersA lucky Michigan Lottery player has a huge payday coming after winning a record $1.84 million jackpot playing the Doubler Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash game.

The winning ticket was bought Sunday at Rock On Smokers, located at 26902 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock.

The $1.84 million jackpot is the largest Fast Cash prize ever won. Fast Cash games debuted in July 2017.

The previous record for a Fast Cash jackpot was set in August when a two-member lottery club won $1.3 million. Since they won the jackpot on a $20 ticket, they received an additional $250,000 bringing the total prize to about $1.5 million.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $2 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Big Bowling Bucks – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $600 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 50X The Cash – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Doubler Wild Time Progressive – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $6,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Lucky 7s – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $4,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 100X The Cash – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.
  • Jumbo Jackpot Slots – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot plus $250,000.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately. In 2018, players won more than $51.5 million playing Fast Cash games.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

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

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

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

A Sanilac County educator known for engaging each of her students and creating a warm and caring learning environment for them in her classroom has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Heather Dahl, teaches second grade at Frostick Elementary School in Croswell.  The school is part of the Croswell-Lexington Community 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 Dahl will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Dahl said her fifth grade math teacher inspired her to become an educator.  “He helped me understand math and I wanted to be like him! It’s what I was supposed to do.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “making connections with my kids.  I love watching my kids grow up.  You see your kids from second grade grow all the way up.  It’s amazing. We have a saying: ‘Once a Dahl kid, always a Dahl kid.’ It doesn’t matter if they’re in second grade or have graduated.”

Dahl said her students motivate her to do her best each day.  “I love what I do.  It’s an amazing experience when you see kids walk into a class thinking they can’t read or write and then watch them learn and grow.  It’s awesome!”

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

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

Another teacher nominated Dahl for the Excellence in Education award, describing her as “nothing short of an exemplary teacher.”

“Heather creates a warm, accepting environment for her students. She quickly adapts to each new community of learners. She spends time learning her students’ out-of-school interests, family situations and challenges. She meets her students where they are and provides insightful instruction to meet their needs,” the nomination said.

“Heather is outstanding at engaging students. Several students in our district struggle with engagement, Heather has found unique ways to involve these students through differentiation and captivating teaching.”

Dahl earned a bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. She has been an educator for 24 years, all with the Croswell-Lexington Community Schools. “I’m grateful to work in the community that I work in. I grew up in that community,” Dahl said.

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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Holiday-Themed Games from Michigan Lottery Offer Chances to Stuff Stockings and Pockets with Cash

The holiday season is coming, and the Michigan Lottery is ready to celebrate with four holiday-themed instant games offering big prizes!

Starting tomorrow, Lottery players will have the opportunity to buy four different holiday-themed instant games. This season’s instant games are:

  • Naughty or Nice: $1 ticket with 500 top prizes of $500 and more than $8 million in total prizes.
  • Candy Cane Tripler: $2 ticket with top prizes of $30,000 and more than $11 million in total prizes.
  • 20X Merry Multiplier: $5 ticket with top prizes of $300,000 and more than $16 million in total prizes.
  • Holiday Sparkle: $10 ticket with top prizes of $500,000 and $24 million in total prizes.

Lottery instant game tickets make great gifts for adults in the upcoming holiday season.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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