$2 Million Mega Millions Prize Won; Winning Ticket Bought in Chelsea

MSL MegaMillions LogoA Michigan Lottery player is a millionaire after winning a $2 million Mega Millions prize on Friday night.

A ticket bought at Polly’s Country Market, located at 1255 South Main Street in Chelsea matched the five white balls drawn Friday night – 07-27-37-42-59 – to win a $1 million prize. Thanks to the Megaplier, the prize was multiplied to $2 million. Chelsea is about 15 miles West of Ann Arbor.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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Jackson County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker II Instant Game

A Jackson County man was overwhelmed in the best way after he won $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Millionaire Maker II instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 4115 Lansing Avenue in Jackson.

“I like to play the Millionaire Maker II game since the lowest prize you can win is $40,” said the 66-year-old player. “I bought one ticket and didn’t win anything on it, so I decided to buy one more. When I scratched the ticket and saw I won $1 million, I was so overwhelmed, but in the best way!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum of about $634,000 rather than annuity payments totaling $1 million. With his winnings, he plans to travel, pay bills, and invest.

Players have won more than $23 million playing Millionaire Maker II, which launched in September. Each $20 ticket offered players a chance to win prizes ranging from $40 up to $1 million. More than $77 million in prizes remain, including eight $1 million top prizes, 25 $5,000 prizes, and 1,426 $500 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

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

A Marquette County educator known for adapting her curriculum to include all students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Karla McCutcheon, is a high school physical education and health teacher for Marquette Area 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 McCutcheon will air this evening.

McCutcheon said her experience as a student led her to a career in education.

“I chose education because of the positive impact my teachers had on my K-12 experience. The teens I get to see and work with everyday do much more than keep me going, they make me feel alive!”

McCutcheon said interactions with her students are her favorite part of being an educator.

“There are so many days where my students amaze me. Interacting with them and seeing them grow over the years is such a privilege for me. There have been many times I have been moved to tears because of how amazing and remarkable my students are.”

The colleague nominated McCutcheon for the award. The nomination cited her passion for physical education and her focus on ensuring all students feel included.

“Aside from the required PE course, she has developed a weightlifting class, as well as Advanced PE where students who are more competitive can play. In addition to the competitive students, she will cater her classes and activities to include our students who have major learning disabilities or have been diagnosed with autism or other related disorders. She also runs our advisory program for the entire building where she develops school wide activities to foster a relationship between the students and the teacher.

“Karla is the go-to person for many activities such as homecoming, helping administrators, and mentoring many new teachers. She is an advocate for the students, and they know she truly cares about their well-being. There are many great teachers in the state, but Karla is one that if she isn’t there, our entire school climate would change.”

McCutcheon earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. She has been an educator for 21 years, all with Marquette Area Public 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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Michigan Lottery Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, 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 Thursday and Friday.

All regularly scheduled drawings will take place on Thursday and Friday.

The bank claim centers that the Michigan Lottery has teamed up with may have office hours on Thursday and Friday, however, they will not be able to process claims, because the Lottery offices will be closed.

All Lottery offices will reopen on Monday at 7:45 a.m.

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Alpena County Man Wins $696,110 Super Lucky 7s Fast Cash Jackpot

An Alpena County man said winning a $696,110 Super Lucky 7s Fast Cash jackpot feels “pretty dang good!”

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the K&T Party Store, located at 10084 M-32 West in Herron. Herron is about 15 miles West of Alpena.

“I don’t play the Fast Cash games too often, but the Super Lucky 7s game looked like something new and fun to try,” said the 37-year-old player. “When I got my ticket, the first ‘Jackpot+$250K’ symbol caught my eye, and that ended up being the number I won on. I couldn’t believe it!”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.

“Winning feels pretty dang good,” said the player.

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:

  • 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.
  • Money Match – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $4,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Mega Money Match – 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.
  • Super Lucky 7s – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $9,000 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 2020, players won more than $64 million playing Fast Cash games.

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

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