Select Online Game Card Purchases to Offer Bonus Free Play in April

Certain Online Game Card purchases will give Michigan Lottery players bonus free play this month.

Starting April 17, players will receive a higher amount of bonus free play when they buy Online Game Cards for $20, $50 and $100. The promotion will run for a limited time.

Each $20 online game card will have a $5 bonus, $50 online game cards will have a $15 bonus, and $100 online game cards will have a $35 bonus. The $10 Online Game Cards are not eligible for a bonus.

Online Game Cards are printed from Lottery terminals at retailers. Each has a unique code that players enter into their Michigan Lottery account for online play. Each code is valid for five years from the date of purchase.

Players may redeem up to $500 – not including bonus play – in Online Game Cards per week in their online accounts.

Online Game Cards have been a popular way for players to fund their online accounts because they allow players to pay in store and play online without using a credit card or bank account.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 40 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 530,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $337 million playing games online.

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Michigan Lottery Achieves iCAP Recertification for Responsible Online Gaming Practices

The Michigan Lottery has received recertification for its commitment to responsible gaming after completing the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) through the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

The Lottery first earned iCAP certification in October 2015 and was the first lottery in the United States to achieve this certification.

Developed by the NCPG, iCAP is the first and only online responsible gaming assessment program in the United States. The NCPG evaluated the Lottery’s compliance with Internet Responsible Gaming (IRG) standards developed based on best practices from jurisdictions around the world. IRG standards are the highest standards for online responsible gaming in the nation. The eight areas of focus for the NCPG iCAP certification are:

  • Corporate policy and commitment to responsible gaming
  • Staff training
  • Information available to players through MichiganLottery.com, and player account features to assist players in informed decision making
  • Assisting players who indicate they are in distress or experiencing problems
  • Self-exclusion and player-initiated restrictions on online play
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Game and website features that assist with gambling responsibly
  • Research based on the transparency of play data

The independent assessment performed by the NCPG determined that the Lottery met or exceeded compliance in each of the eight iCAP focus areas.

iCAP recertification provides Lottery players assurance that MichiganLottery.com is trustworthy and has adopted the best standards of player protection.

The NCPG, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, leads state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 40 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 530,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $337 million playing games online.

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Macomb County Man Wins $349,047 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Macomb County man is looking forward to a more secure financial future after winning a $349,047 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn on April 2 – 07-14-21-22-30 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at Party Express, located at 8096 Independence Drive in Sterling Heights.

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He plans to use his winnings to pay for medical care he was unable to previously afford 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. 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 $105,000.

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Wayne County Man Wins $232,717 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Wayne County man couldn’t sleep after winning a $232,717 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn on Monday – 02-13-16-31-39 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Spartan Foods store, located at 25850 Grand River Avenue in Redford.

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim his big prize. He plans to save his winnings for a rainy day.

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. 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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Gratiot County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Sue Meier poses for a photo with (left to right) her sons, Matthew, Michael, and Mac, and husband, Randy, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Sue Meier poses for a photo with (left to right) her sons, Matthew, Michael, and Mac, and husband, Randy, after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

A Gratiot County educator known for instilling a love of learning in her  students and working with them and their families on several community service projects, including “Books for Babies,” which promotes early literacy, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Sue Meier, teaches kindergarten at the South Elementary School in Ithaca.  The school is part of the Ithaca 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 $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 Meier 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 Meier with the award at the Breslin Center.

Meier, an educator for nearly three decades, said she was attracted to a career in education because “I have always enjoyed working with children and inspiring them to achieve great things.”

She added that her favorite part of being an educator is “spending each year with a group of unique children, each contributing in their special way on our learning journey.

“Seeing that sparkle in my students’ eyes and their excitement to learn motivates me to do my best every day.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Meier described her as “a dynamic teacher with an unyielding commitment to educate the children in her class.”

“She is a passionate advocate for young children. She has inspired students, parents, co-workers and educators throughout Michigan for the past 29 years and continues to elevate the teaching profession both in and out of the classroom. Sue has mentored countless student teachers, new teachers and veteran educators both at South Elementary School in Ithaca, and at conferences where she has shared her expertise as a presenter throughout the state,” the nomination said.

“Her kindergarten students throughout the years have learned about service in the community because they have been fortunate enough to have her for a teacher. Sue is the founder of the Books for Babies project which began in 1999 and which promotes early literacy. She and her students have raised $50,000 over the years to purchase books for newborns at our local hospital.

“In addition, she and her students have initiated the following service projects in our community: ‘Be Kind! Pass It On’ Pictures (students make framed pictures to place in area businesses); ‘Everyone Deserves a Birthday Cake’ (students assemble ‘birthday supply bags’ for the Ithaca Community Food  Pantry for families who cannot afford to celebrate their child’s birthday; ‘Thinking of You Bags’ (gift bags for senior citizens); ‘Socks of Love’ (hygiene items for the Food Pantry); ‘Sue Ellen Bears’ (students collect small stuffed bears to donate to the Ithaca Fire Dept. for children at accident sites); ‘Peace in the Garden’ Pictures (students make framed, quilted garden pictures to hang in local business offices),” the nomination said.

Sue Meier talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

Sue Meier talks with Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo, after accepting her Excellence in Education award.

“She also is involved with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and the Art for Peace Project to name just a few of her other service endeavors for her students and their families.”

Meier earned a bachelor of arts degree from Northern Michigan University and an Early Childhood Education endorsement from Central Michigan University.  She has been an educator for 29 years, the last 24 with the Ithaca 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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