Macomb County Man Wins $4 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $150 Million Cash Explosion Instant Game

What a Macomb County man thought was a dream turned out to be reality when he won $4 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $150 Million Cash Explosion instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Manny’s Liquor, located at 723 North Main Street in Rochester.

“I usually only play the $5 and $10 games, but I’ve been winning quite a bit lately, so I decided to purchase a $30 ticket,” said the 76-year-old player. “I scratched the ticket right before bed and matched number 29. I thought maybe I’d won a few hundred dollars, but then scratched the $4 million amount underneath. I said: ‘Wait a minute. This can’t be.’ I knew what I was seeing, but I didn’t believe it was real.

“When I woke up in the morning, I thought I’d dreamt it all, but then I saw the ticket on my nightstand and knew it had actually happened,” the player said.

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments totaling $4 million. With his winnings, he plans to help family and friends.

“I really enjoy helping people, so all I can think about is how many people I’ll be able help with this money. It is such a surreal feeling,” the player said.

Players have won more than $109 million playing $150 Million Cash Explosion, which launched in August 2020. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $64 million in prizes remain, including one $4 million top prize, 15 $10,000 prizes, and 641 $2,000 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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Ottawa County Woman Wins $300,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bonus Ball Bingo Instant Game

An Ottawa County woman plans to pay it forward after winning $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bonus Ball Bingo instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Sunnybrook Mobil, located at 4380 Kenowa Avenue Southwest in Grandville.

“I used to play the Bingo games a lot with my Dad, but stopped playing them when he passed away,” said the 58-year-old player. “I recently decided to start playing them again and purchased two when I was at the store.

“After scratching the first one, I thought I’d won my money back but realized I’d missed some numbers. When I scratched off the ones I’d missed, I had a blackout on card five. I was in total disbelief. I stared at the ticket for a while going over the numbers again and again.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings she plans to invest and pay it forward.

Players have won more than $18 million playing Bonus Ball Bingo, which launched in August 2020. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. More than $26 million in prizes remain, including four $300,000 top-prizes, six $12,000 prizes,12 $10,000 prizes, 50 $2,000 prizes, and 85 $1,000 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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St. Clair County Woman Wins $361,184 Jackpot Slots Fast Cash Jackpot

A St. Clair County woman describes winning a $361,184 Jackpot Slots Fast Cash jackpot from the Michigan Lottery as a “gift from God.”

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Deluxe Party Store, located at 69209 North Main Street in Richmond.

“I really enjoy playing the Fast Cash games and usually play the Jackpot Slots game,” said the 74-year-old player. “I scanned the ticket right after I purchased it and a message came up saying I need to visit a Lottery office. I thought the machine was broken, so I called one of the employees over who told me the message meant I had won big.

“When I asked how much I had won, he looked the ticket over and said: ‘The jackpot!’ We were both so excited, we couldn’t believe it.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to purchase a new car and help her family.

“Winning a prize like this feels like a gift from God,” the player said.

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.
  • Cash Blast – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,000 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.
  • Super Lucky 7’s – 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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Detroit Educator Wins 2021 Educator of the Year Award and $10,000 Prize from the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education Program

2021 Michigan Lottery Educator of the Year Janice Smith, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Lottery Commissioner Brian O. NeillA Detroit educator has won the 2021 Educator of the Year award and a $10,000 prize from the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education program.

The award winner, Janice Smith, is a school social worker at Fisher Magnet Lower Academy, which is part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist II, and Lottery Commissioner, Brian O. Neill, recently presented Smith with the award during a surprise video call.

Smith has been a social worker with the Detroit Public Schools for 30 years. She is known for bringing infectious excitement, positivity, warmth, joy, love, professionalism, respect, and genuine kindness to her role as a social worker.

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. 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.

Each year, one of the weekly winners is selected as the Educator of the Year and receives a $10,000 prize.

“I am truly humbled to be named the Michigan Lottery’s Educator of the Year,” said Smith. “I love all of the 652 students that we have and the wonderful amazing staff at Fisher. We cannot do this alone, we are all in this together for our children, for our future.

“Love makes everything grow, and if we spread love to our children, they will grow!”

“Janice chose a career as a social worker because she believed it would allow her to have a great impact on the lives of students,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “She recognizes that students need to be supported emotionally, as well as academically, and works every day to help students realize their full potential and be their best selves.

“Public education plays an important role in the lives of students in every community across Michigan. Educators like Janice are critical to developing the next generation of citizens, residents, and leaders in communities across our state.”

“Throughout her 30-year career as a social worker with the Detroit Public Schools, Janice has established a reputation for going above and beyond to help students and families, a visible dedication and passion for her work, spreading joy, and making a positive impact,” said Lottery Commissioner Neill. “We are very excited to name Janice Smith the Michigan Lottery 2021 Educator of the Year.”

More than 800 educators from across the state were nominated for an Excellence in Education weekly award during the seventh year of the program and 34, including Smith, were selected to win a weekly award.

Previous winners of the Educator of the Year award were:

2020 – Megan Sidge, an Autism Spectrum Disorder teacher at Hickory Woods Elementary in Walled Lake.

2019 – Stewart Kieliszewski, an Earth science, biology, mechatronics, and media teacher for eighth through 12 graders at the Ubly Community Schools.

2018 – Kerri Moccio, a first-grade literacy intervention specialist at Bedford Elementary School in Dearborn Heights.

2017 – Linda Holzwarth, a social studies teacher at Portage West Middle School in Portage.

2016 – Daniel Carr, a Spanish and sports marketing teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing.

2015 – Michael Craig, a special education teacher at the Charles Drew Transition Center in Detroit.

Smith said her love of children led her to a career in education.

“I love working with children,” said Smith. “I thought by working as a social worker, I would be more impactful in their lives by helping shape and mold children, while supporting their emotional needs.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is building relationships with students and their families.

“Building relationships is so valuable to my role,” said Smith. “Working together and witnessing a student do something or understand a concept for the first time makes my heart smile.”

A colleague nominated Smith for the award. The nomination cited her dedication, kindness, and the extra effort Smith puts in.

“When she enters a room, or if she is near you, she brings excitement, positivity, warmth, joy, love, professionalism, respect, and genuine kindness. Dedication and giving are the least I can say about her. Ms. Smith provides resources to our parents daily. She restores dignity to families who come to the school in need of help by listening to them with concern and doing everything in her power to address their needs. She mentors and resolves conflicts with students. I’ve seen Ms. Smith go out of her way to care for our students- providing transportation, hygiene products, clothing, food, and other services. She works beyond her scheduled time because she knows there is a job that needs to be done. She sits on various committees to nurture the growth, academic excellence, and social development of our school and the families we serve. She is an example of someone who loves her work and it is very evident.”

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. She has been an educator for 30 years, all with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

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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Genesee County Woman Wins $1,000 a Week For Life Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000 a Week For Life Instant Game

A Genesee County woman feels like she’s dreaming after winning $1,000 a week for life playing the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000 a Week For Life instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Admiral gas station, located at 7561 Miller Road in Swartz Creek.

“I like playing the $2 scratch-off games,” said the player. “I usually buy three at a time but decided to grab a couple extra this time and it paid off! I’ve told my family that I won and feel like I’m living in a dream!”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.1 million rather than annual payments of $52,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater. She plans to invest her winnings.

“Winning means no more living paycheck-to-paycheck for me,” the player said.

Players have won more than $11 million playing $1,000 a Week For Life, which launched in July 2020. Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $1,000 a week for life. More than $8 million in prizes remain, including two $1,000 a week for life top-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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