Ingham County Teen: Bulk of $500,000 Lottery Prize Going to Parents

An Ingham County teenager plans to give the bulk of his $500,000 Michigan Lottery prize to his parents to thank them for their support.

19-year-old’s gift of a lifetime is possible because he won one of the top prizes – $500,000 – playing the Lottery’s Golden Wild Time instant game. He bought the winning ticket at the Sunoco gas station, located at 2635 North Williamston Road in Williamston.

“I stopped at the Sunoco for gas after giving a buddy of mine a ride and they had one Golden Wild Time ticket left, so I bought it,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I scratched off in the store and at first I thought they were playing a trick on me until I saw how excited they were about the ticket.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim his winnings and shared special plans for his big prize.

“I’m going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I’m going to give the rest to my parents,” said the player. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”

As for what it feels like to win the Lottery at such a young age, the player said: “It’s just incredible, I can’t get the smile off of my face.”

Players have won more than $28.5 million playing Golden Wild Time, which launched in August 2016. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $500,000. More than $18.5 million in prizes remain, including 45 $10,000 prizes, and 89 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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Michigan Lottery Offers Players Chance to Double the Value of Online Game Card Purchase

The Michigan Lottery is giving players a chance to double the value of their Online Game Cards they buy this month.

Starting Monday and for a limited time, the value of random Online Game Cards purchased through Lottery terminals will be doubled. Online Game Cards are available in four denominations: $10, $20, $50, or $100. Random Online Game Card purchases will be doubled to $20, $40, $100, or $200. Players will receive two Online Game Cards, one for the amount they’ve bought, and one for the bonus amount. When players are awarded a bonus ticket, a bonus alert will sound on the Lottery terminal.

Online Game Cards are printed from a retailer’s Lottery terminal and have 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 buy 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 510,000 players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit

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

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Lenawee County Man Wins $25,000 a Year for Life Playing Michigan Lottery’s Lucky For Life Game

Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents Stanley Wilson (left), with a check for his $25,000 a year for life Lucky For Life prize.

Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents Stanley Wilson (left), with a check for his $25,000 a year for life Lucky For Life prize.

A Lenawee County Army veteran thought he’d won $5,000 playing Lucky For Life. He was stunned when he found out won he’d won $25,000 a year for life.

Stanley Wilson, 66, matched the five white balls drawn on Nov. 14 – 21-27-37-47-48 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at The Party Shop, located at 110 South Maumee Street in Tecumseh.

“I checked my numbers the morning after the drawing and when I saw I matched five, I figured I’d won $5,000,” said Wilson. “I had no idea it was actually worth so much more.

“I’m pretty good friends with the owners of The Party Shop, so I went up to the store to tell them I had a winning ticket. That’s when they told me how much I had actually won. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”

After consulting with an accountant, Wilson decided to wait and claim his big prize in 2017. That meant finding a place to keep his Lucky For Life ticket safe.

“I kept the ticket in a special compartment in my truck,” said Wilson. “I put it under a few papers and figured that if anyone went in there looking for anything, all they would see is papers and keep on going.”

Wilson’s winning ticket.

Wilson visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000. He could have chosen payments of $25,000 annually for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater.

Wilson plans to share some of his windfall with his children and then invest the remainder.

“Winning the Lottery is a great feeling,” Wilson 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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Hillsdale County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Melinda Eggleston poses for a photo with (left to right) her father, John McKinley, mother, Susann McKinley, husband, Chris Eggleston, step-son, Cooper Eggleston, son, Braxten Boyd, and daughter, Brylee Boyd after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Melinda Eggleston poses for a photo with (left to right) her father, John McKinley, mother, Susann McKinley, husband, Chris Eggleston, step-son, Cooper Eggleston, son, Braxten Boyd, and daughter, Brylee Boyd after accepting her Excellence in Education award from Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo.

A Hillsdale County educator known for her tireless efforts to help students prepare for college or vocational technical programs and for creating opportunities – such as starting a school coffee shop – for them to get business and professional experience has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Melinda Eggleston, teaches business and computer science at Hillsdale High School, which is part of the Hillsdale Community Schools. The 27-year educator also serves as the adviser for the school newspaper and yearbook and also is responsible for the school website and its social media.

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 Eggleston 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 Eggleston with the award at the Breslin Center.

Eggleston said her parents were teachers and she chose a career in education because “I love school.  I have always loved school. I actually finished college six months early because I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

“I love what I do. I love seeing the results. It is a pleasure teaching the students at Hillsdale High School,” she said, adding her favorite part of being a teacher is “seeing my students succeed!”

“I love it when they win a contest, or mentor another student, or win a scholarship.  I really like helping them succeed!”

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

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

Two people nominated Eggleston for the Excellence in Education award with one describing her as “a magnificent teacher who educates the ‘whole’ student and prepares them for the future.  She is not afraid to jump in and get to work and is a strong advocate for students.”

The nomination noted that Eggleston works with the Business Professionals of America Club (BPA), which has more than 60 members at Hillsdale High School, making it the largest student organization at the school.

“She has been working with BPA students since 2008 and also started a BPA chapter at the middle school.  As a BPA adviser, Mindy prepares her students to work efficiently in a wide variety of businesses. As an adviser, she constantly promotes leadership and models professionalism and teamwork. For the past nine years, Mindy has given up time with her family to participate with students in activities and competitions at the local, regional, state, and national levels.  Her students have won numerous awards and in 2016, the group was recognized as the ‘Chapter of the Year’ in the state of Michigan,” the nomination said.

“Mindy also believes in post-secondary education.  She is an advocate for career and technical education, internships, apprenticeships, community college, and college. She knows that 65 percent of all jobs in the year 2020 will require some form of post-secondary training. Due to her passion for helping students, she started the Future Corps team (a peer-leadership based group) at Hillsdale High School.  For the past three years she has worked with a team of eight to 10 students to help the senior class apply to college.

“Mindy personally proofreads college entrance essays, scholarship essays, and even helps students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. In addition to BPA and Future Corps, Mindy is a co-advisor for the Freshmen Mentor Program and serves on the School Improvement Team.”

The second nomination noted that Eggleston worked with another teacher and students to open a coffee shop in the school.  The shop is operated by students and offers them the opportunity to gain business experience.

Eggleston earned a bachelor of science degree from Central Michigan University and a master degree in business administration from Spring Arbor University.  She has been an educator for 27 years, the last 16 at Hillsdale High School.

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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Oakland County Woman Wins Club Keno The Jack Prize from Michigan Lottery

An Oakland County woman is looking forward to being debt free after winning a $63,004 Club Keno The Jack prize from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $63,004 when her easy pick The Jack numbers – 03-20-29-32-37-67-71-73 – matched eight of the 20 Club Keno numbers drawn in draw 1436409 on Thursday. She bought her winning ticket at Mainstreet Marketplace, located at 3171 Union Lake Road in Commerce Township.

“I played Club Keno earlier in the day and won $50,” said the 29 year-old player. “I decided to reinvest it and bought a Club Keno ticket with The Jack for 25 draws.

“I was watching the drawings on the Lottery app and after 20 draws I was thinking I wasn’t going to win anything. A couple draws later, I hit The Jack!”

The player couldn’t wait to share the good news with her family.

“I told my husband and my close family members,” said the player. “After I told my grandma, she even started playing Club Keno.”

With her winnings the player plans to pay bills and put a down payment down on a house.

“I’ve been going through some rough times financially trying to afford school and make ends meet, and this takes such a weight off my shoulders. It feels so amazing to win,” the player said.

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 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings take place every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at

In 2016, Lottery players won about $412.5 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.

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