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

An Oakland County educator known for being an advocate for her students and building relationships with families has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Sarah Dodds, is a virtual learning mentor for kindergarten and first grade students at Mary Helen Guest, Glengary, and Keith Elementary schools. The schools are part of the Walled Lake Consolidated 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 Dodds will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Dodds said that an elementary teacher inspired her and attracted to a career in education. “My first and second grade teacher brought joy to our classroom and made learning fun. I came back to volunteer in her class over the years, and that is when I found my calling as a teacher.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “the bonds I forge with my students and their families is hands-down the best part of being an educator.

“Being there for children, creating a safe, loving learning environment is always my first priority. We all need someone we can turn to, and I strive to be that for my students and their families.”

Dodds said helping students achieve goals that were previously out of reach motivate her to do her best each day. “The children are absolutely my driving force. The moments when they can finally accomplish something, they have been trying to do for a long time are a huge source of pride for me.”

A parent nominated her for the Excellence in Education award. The nomination cited her welcoming classroom and her dedication to meeting each students’ learning needs.

“On the very first day of school she welcomed my daughter into her classroom with open arms and made her feel like she was family,” the nomination said. “We found out my daughter struggles in school, but Sarah always took the time to make sure she received the extra help she needed both in her class and with special services. She constantly reached out to our family to make sure all of our questions were answered or just to see how we were doing.”

Dodds earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, language arts, and general science, and a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching, both from Michigan State University. She has been an educator for 16 years, all with Walled Lake Consolidated 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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Jackson County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Ruby Mine Instant Game

A lucky streak led to a Jackson County man winning $1 million playing the Ruby Mine instant game from the Michigan Lottery.

The player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 3346 East Michigan Avenue in Jackson.

“I had won $5,000 on a Super Bonus Cashword ticket last week, and I was still feeling pretty lucky,” said the 24-year-old player. “Later that night, I bought a couple Ruby Mine tickets and hit $1 million!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new home, a new car, and then share with his parents.

Players have won more than $16 million playing Ruby Mine, which launched in August 2020. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $31 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes of $1 million, 14 $20,000 prizes, and 81 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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Detroit Man Wins $454,448 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Detroit man is going to be debt free after winning a $454,448 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Sept. 16 drawing to win the big prize: 01-02-21-23-37. He bought his winning ticket at the CVS pharmacy, located at 19900 VanDyke Road in Detroit.

“I play the Daily 3 and Daily 4 regularly, and play Fantasy 5, too,” said the player. “I saw the drawing results on channel 4 and I couldn’t believe I’d hit the jackpot!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his big prize. He plans to pay some bills and then invest 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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $110,000 in the nightly Double Play drawing. 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.

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

A Newaygo County educator known as a champion for her craft, and setting a standard early on to help families foster good habits for life has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Jamie Sanborn, is a kindergarten teacher at Pathfinder Elementary. The school is part of Fremont 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 Sanborn will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Sanborn said that a love of learning and her passion for taking care of children attracted to a career in education. “I came to this profession later in life, but I have always been a learner and enjoy sharing my passion for learning and having an impact on children at a young age.”

She said her favorite part of being an educator is “the joy and excitement children bring to school every day and fostering new learning and encouraging each student to grow as an individual.”

Sanborn said connecting with students and colleagues motivates her to do her best each day. “Finding new ways to connect with my students and growing and learning with colleagues make each day special. Watching a student have a ‘lightbulb’ moment is so rewarding for me as a teacher.”

A parent nominated her for the Excellence in Education award. The nomination cited her involvement in many aspects of school life outside of the classroom and her dedication to improving the student experience.

“Jamie is also involved in many aspects of school life outside of the classroom, attending a plethora of meetings outside of her workday and dedicating her time to improving the student experience,” the nomination said. “She remembers students’ names after just one introduction and makes sure to greet kids she sees in public every time; even while she is busy walking in local parades!”

Sanborn earned a bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education from Grand Valley State University. She has been an educator for eight years, all with Fremont 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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$2 Million Winning Powerball Ticket Bought in Farwell

Michigan Lottery PowerballA Michigan Lottery player won $2 million in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing.

A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 14-18-36-49-67 – in Wednesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied to $2 million. The winning ticket was bought at KC’s Lake Thirteen Party Store, located at 587 West Surrey Road in Farwell. Farwell is about 20 miles north of Mt. Pleasant.

The $2 million winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect their big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Powerball are valid for one year from the drawing date.

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 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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