Michigan Lottery Players Urged to Check Tickets to See if They Have $1 Million Powerball Winner; Prize Must Be Claimed by Thursday

Michigan Lottery PowerballMichigan Lottery players should check their tickets to see if they’re the lucky winner of a $1 million Powerball prize.

A lucky player matched the five white balls – 41-53-59-63-66 – drawn Oct. 3, 2018 to win $1 million. The player purchased the winning ticket at the Speedway gas station located at 10070 Highland Road in Hartland.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing.

Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. The prize must be claimed by 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.

If the prize isn’t claimed before the ticket expires, the money will go to the state School Aid Fund. It would be the third $1 million prize to go unclaimed in 2019 after $1 million Mega Millions prizes went unclaimed in March and earlier this month.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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

Kirsten Billeter (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Kirsten Billeter (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Iosco County educator known for sharing her passion for reading with students, inspiring them to excel and to develop a love of learning has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kirsten Billeter, teaches French and English at Whittemore-Prescott High School, which is part of the Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools.  She also has coached basketball and track for the high school and middle school and served as a co-coordinator of a camp program for middle school students. Currently, she is the chair of the school’s Language Arts Department and co-advisor for the junior and senior classes.

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

“I love working with students,” Billeter said. “There’s nothing like getting a student to that ‘Ah ha!’ moment.”

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

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

She said that she was attracted to a career in education because “I always loved showing people how to do things, and I always loved English and French, so it was just a perfect, natural fit.

“The students are my greatest motivation.  I want them to learn, to see the value in what they learn, and to actually enjoy learning.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Billeter described her as an outstanding teacher who effectively shares her passion for reading and inspires students to excel.

“She is committed to ensuring that her students master the content of her courses and develop a love of learning.  Kirsten isn’t afraid to challenge her students to learn difficult concepts, and always provides the support needed for them to succeed,” the nomination said.

“Throughout her career at the Whittemore-Prescott schools, Kirsten has taken the time to connect with students in a variety of ways, including through her coaching and work at the middle school camp.

“The students affectionally call her, ‘Mrs. Bill,’ and you’ll often find her in conversation with students about the latest novel they’ve read.  Students have mentioned Kirsten in their commencement speeches and publicly announced their appreciation for her sharing her love of reading with them.”

Billeter earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College and a master of arts degree from Central Michigan University.  She has been an educator for 26 years, all with the Whittemore-Prescott Area 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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Time Running Out to Claim $1 Million Powerball Prize; Winning Ticket Bought in Hartland

Michigan Lottery PowerballTime is running out to claim a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.

A lucky player matched the five white balls – 41-53-59-63-66 – drawn Oct. 3, 2018 to win $1 million. The player purchased the winning ticket at the Speedway gas station located at 10070 Highland Road in Hartland.

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing.

Powerball tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. The prize must be claimed by 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.

If the prize isn’t claimed before the ticket expires, the money will go to the state School Aid Fund. It would be the third $1 million prize to go unclaimed in 2019 after $1 million Mega Millions prizes went unclaimed in March and earlier this month.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Wheel of Fortune Instant Game Gives Players Chance to Jet To Hollywood

The Michigan Lottery is giving five players a chance to jet off to Hollywood to participate in a special lottery version of the Wheel of Fortune® Big Money Spin event and the chance to win up to $1 million!

Starting Tuesday, players can enter wheel codes from non-winning Wheel of Fortune tickets at www.michiganlottery.com/wof. Players also may earn entries in the second chance drawing by playing the online version of the Wheel of Fortune game at www.michiganlottery.com.

Five lucky players will win an all-expenses paid VIP trip for two to Hollywood to participate In a lottery players-only version of the Wheel of Fortune® Big Money Spin event and the chance to win up to $1 million!

Winners will receive:

  • Two round trip coach airfares to Los Angeles
  • Three nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Los Angeles
  • Ground transportation to and from the Los Angeles airport, hotel, and Sony Studios
  • Hollywood sightseeing tour for two
  • Tour of Sony Studios for two
  • Tickets to watch a taping of Wheel of Fortune in the live studio audience
  • Participation in the Big Money Spin event
  • $500 spending money

Drawings for the Wheel of Fortune® Big Money Spin event will take place Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 3, and Feb. 3.

Each $2 Wheel of Fortune ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $2 up to $50,000. Players can win up to $60,000 playing Wheel of Fortune online.

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Five Michigan Lottery Players Win Opportunity to Play The Big Spin

Five lucky Michigan Lottery players have been selected to play The Big Spin game after winning The Big Spin second chance drawing.

The lucky winners are:

  • Donald Bassett, of Morley
  • Robert Hill, of Almont
  • Thomas Lindholm, of Gaylord
  • Calvin Lowrey, of Paw Paw
  • Deborah Zerbo, of Farmington Hills

Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000. The players will be featured on The Big Spin televised events beginning Oct. 21 shortly after evening Lottery drawings.

Ten additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com to be entered in drawings for the opportunity to appear on television with Lottery host and Detroit basketball champion John Salley.

Additional The Big Spin second chance drawings are scheduled to take place Oct. 31 and Jan. 2, 2020.

Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $12 million playing The Big Spin. More than $63 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 119 $1,000 prizes.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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