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

Steve Moskal poses for a photo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

Steve Moskal poses for a photo after accepting his Excellence in Education Award.

A Macomb County educator known for inspiring students to succeed and overcome any obstacles they may face both in the classroom and beyond has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Steve Moskal, teaches biology and robotics at Clintondale High School, which is part of the Clintondale Community School District.

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 Moskal will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Moskal said his favorite part of being an educator is “working with kids.  It’s very rewarding, especially when you see them go on to achieve bigger and better things, such as going to college and having careers.”

He said he’s always loved coaching and teaching young people, and that led him to a career in education.

Moskal said his students motivate him to do his best every day. “When I see my students succeed, that is my No. 1 motivation. From success on projects and tests to success at the collegiate level, it’s wonderful to see young people do well.”

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

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

A student nominated Moskal for the Excellence in Education award and described him as “truly kind hearted and one of the most inspiring and caring teachers I’ve ever met.”

“Mr. Moskal is a phenomenal teacher, he spends hours making sure that we understand the information. He has a huge heart and always is there to lend a hand, he is someone that all his students look up to and he has helped multiple students graduate and pursue higher education,” the nomination said.

“He goes above and beyond for any student who needs help in anything whether it’s college applications or chemistry homework. Mr. Moskal is a great role model to all of his students. He tells his students to never give up and never let anything stop you from achieving your dream.

“I was a part of Mr. Moskal’s robotics class/team and despite our financial disadvantage, we made it all the way to the semifinals two years in a row of the FIRST Robotics Competition! We learned leadership skills, teamwork and valuable life lessons that will guide us through college and higher education.

“Mr. Moskal taught me the importance of helping others, giving back to my community and keeping a positive mindset. Mr. Moskal is the reason why I want to be an educator. I want to help shine a positive light in my community.”

Moskal earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Southeastern University.  He has been an educator for 21 years, all with the Clintondale Community School District.

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 at 45: More Than $36 Billion in Prizes to Players; Lottery Celebrates with Free Online Games

Michigan Lottery players and the state’s School Aid Fund have been big winners since the Lottery began 45 years ago.

Sales of the Lottery’s inaugural game – the 50-cent Green Game – began on Nov. 13, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has awarded more than $36 billion in prizes to players and provided more than $21 billion to support public education in Michigan.

To celebrate 45 years of supporting public education and boosting bank accounts for players across the state, the Lottery is giving players 45 free entries into the $500 a Day Giveaway and free games of the popular online game, Queen of Diamonds on Monday, Nov. 13. To participate in these special offers, players should log in to their Lottery accounts at MichiganLottery.com. New players should sign-up for an account at MichiganLottery.com using the promo code “45YEARS” to participate in the promotional offer. The special promotional offer expires at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

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 674,000 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.

Milestones in Lottery history include:

  • Nov. 13, 1972: Sales begin for the 50-cent Green Game.
  • Nov. 24, 1972: First weekly drawing for the Lottery’s Green Game.
  • Feb. 22, 1973: Hermus Millsaps, of Taylor, becomes the first person to win $1 million playing the Lottery.
  • Aug. 13, 1984: First Lotto jackpot game goes on sale. First-week sales of $3.1 million set a national record.
  • Sept. 1, 1984: The first Lotto jackpot, a $2.9 million prize, is won by Thomas LaPenna of Marquette.
  • Jan. 28, 1989: The Lottery’s Fame and Fortune television show begins.
  • Aug. 31, 1996: Tickets for The Big Game go on sale.
  • Nov. 3, 1997: The Lottery’s first $10 instant game is released – $1,000,000 Gift – featuring a top prize of $1 million.
  • May 15, 2002: The Big Game becomes Mega Millions.
  • April 11, 2005: A Port Huron couple, Ralph and Marry Stebbins, win a record $208 million Mega Millions jackpot.
  • Jan. 31, 2010: Powerball tickets go on sale in Michigan.
  • Aug. 31, 2012: A Lapeer man, Donald Lawson, wins a record $337 million Powerball jackpot, the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.
  • Feb. 4, 2014: The Lottery’s first $30 instant game is released – $2,000,000 CA$H – with a top prize of $2 million.
  • Aug. 11, 2014: The Lottery begins offering games online.
  • Feb. 24, 2015: An Allegan County woman, Pam Rawson, becomes the first player to win $1 million playing online.
  • January 2016: The Lottery begins offering Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online, launching one new game online each week.
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Three Michigan Lottery Players Win Opportunity to Play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™

Three lucky Michigan Lottery players are headed to Las Vegas to take part in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ after winning the GOLDEN TICKET™ second chance drawing.

The lucky winners are:

  • Karen Ferry, of Gaylord
  • Mary Keitz, of Warren
  • Sonja Zanzig, of Jenison

Each lucky player will have the opportunity to play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ and a chance to win up to $1 billion. Each player and a guest will receive deluxe hotel accommodations for four days and three nights, round-trip airfare for two, ground transportation to and from the Las Vegas airport and hotel, and $1,000 spending money.

Each $10 GOLDEN TICKET™ offers players 20 chances to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $20 million playing GOLDEN TICKET™. More than $36 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes and 42 $10,000 prizes.

Players also may enter codes from non-winning tickets for a chance to win one of six remaining trips for two to Las Vegas and for the opportunity to play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ and a chance to win up to $1 billion. To enter, players should visit MichiganLottery.com/GoldenTicket. The final second chance drawing is scheduled to take place on Nov. 30.

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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Macomb County Woman Wins $105,000 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Father’s advice to a Macomb County woman led to her winning a $105,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn Oct. 18 to win the big prize: 09-24-27-29-30. She bought her winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 35130 Harper Avenue in Clinton Township.

“My Dad always told me to play the same numbers for three straight days because they always come out on the third day,” said the player. “When I stopped at the Marathon, I had $4 in my wallet so I bought a Fantasy 5 ticket for four draws. My dad was right, I won on the third draw.”

While she won in October, the player didn’t realize she was a jackpot winner until Tuesday.

“I stopped yesterday and bought a few more tickets,” said the player. “When I put them in the console of my car, I noticed the ticket from a few weeks ago and checked it at MichiganLottery.com. I was so shocked that I had to ask a co-worker to double check everything for me.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the jackpot. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her car, take a family vacation, 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 $247,000.

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Wayne County Woman Wins $20,000 in Michigan Lottery’s Cash In To Win Giveaway

A Wayne County woman gave her bank account a boost after winning $20,000 in the Michigan Lottery’s Cash In To Win Giveaway.

Christine Goleniak, of Dearborn, won the $20,000 prize in a random drawing. Goleniak earned entries into the Cash In To Win Giveaway by playing online games at MichiganLottery.com.

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 674,000 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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