Kent County Man Wins $100,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky 7 x 7 Instant Game Online


It took a second glance for a Kent County man to realize he’d won $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky 7 x 7 instant game online.

“I play online regularly, and thought I won $1,000,” said the 51-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. “When I took a second look, I realized I won $100,000 and I was stunned!

“I told my wife and kids I had won and none of them believed me. I think we’re all still in shock and will be until the check goes in the bank!”

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

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 50 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million 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 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

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Ionia County Man Wins $1 Million Mega Millions Prize

An Ionia County man is looking forward to living debt free after winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.

“I usually buy a ticket every week,” said Thomas Heckman, of Pewamo. “It was the talk around town that someone had won on the Mega Millions, which reminded me to check my ticket. When I did, I realized I had matched five numbers to win $1 million. All I could think was: ‘I’m the big winner!’”

Heckman’s ticket matched the five white balls drawn on April 5th – 08-22-24-38-64 – to win a $1 million prize. He bought the winning ticket at the Oakwood Lounge, located at 108 East Main Street in Pewamo. Pewamo is 30 miles West of Lansing.

The 73-year-old Heckman visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. He plans to save his winnings.

“Winning this prize will allow me to live comfortably,” said Heckman.

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

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

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

An Oakland County educator known for adding hands-on community projects to classroom lessons to help broaden the education and perspective of her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Meagen Granberry, is a third grade teacher at Mary Helen Guest Elementary in Walled Lake. The school is 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 Granberry will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Granberry said she was attracted to a career in education because “I came from a low-income area and teachers had a huge impact on my life. I wanted to be able to have the same impact in students’ lives.

“I love watching kids get excited about learning. It’s wonderful to see their faces light up as they make connections, engage in questions and then transfer their learning. I treasure the ‘Ah-ha!’ moments that I see happen with students.”

She said her students and the educational philosophy of the Walled Lake district motivate her to do her best every day.

“I am lucky enough to teach in a school district that holds the philosophy: ‘Every child, every day.’ So many of our kids come in to school needing a personal connection or an individualized plan to give them what they need. My school is like a family and every single staff member works to love every student they way they need to be loved,” she said.

“Aside from reaching my students as learners, I love the ability to impact them as people. Showing them that they are valuable, that they can do hard things, and that they can make an impact on their world is a wonderful feeling. Sometimes, I take on a lot of extra things to try and give students new opportunities or help them see more of the world and I think, ‘Oh boy, what did I get myself into.’

“Then I will hear my students say something that lets me know that I have made an impact. It’s important for me to know that what I do with my students in the school year has a positive impact on the people they will become.”

The Excellence in Education award nomination for Granberry said that she dedicates many hours outside the classroom on a number of programs to help broaden her students’ perspectives and understanding of the world.

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

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

For two years, she helped students participate in the UNICEF Kid Power program, which is designed to encourage students to exercise more and complete learning activities about the world around them. The students earn Kid Power Points that they can use to support the causes that matter most to them.

Each student gets a band that records their steps and other physical activity and which Granberry monitored via a special computer application.

“This is both a collaborative and individual program, whereby the children set goals as a class and individually. Meagen helps students keep records, write about their experiences, provide feedback on their progress and brainstorm other ways to help people in need locally and around the globe,” the nomination said, adding that the program works with the school’s general education and physical education curriculum.

The nomination noted that Granberry “implemented a Kindness Project the past four years. Every February, students choose a group of people to help and they all work together to collect donations. Some of their projects provided food bags for the homeless, transition bags for children being taken into foster care, goodie bags that were passed out at children/women’s shelter, and gift bags for patients at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“Additionally, Meagen raised funds to implement flexible seating in the classroom and provide a vertical indoor tower garden to grow healthy food for students. All these projects are curriculum based. Beyond the classroom she has volunteered the past five years for Royal Family Kids’ Camp, a camp and mentoring program for children in foster care.

The nomination said that Granberry went through training in the Oakland County Social Justice cohort in 2014 and “since then, she joined the social justice team and has written and presented modules for teachers across the district.” She received the Walled Lake Friend of Diversity Award in 2017.

Granberry earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in multicultural studies from Elmhurst College and a master’s degree in early learning reading and literacy from Walden University. She has been an educator for 15 years, the last 13 with the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year for 2011-12.

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’s Level Up Giveaway Offers Online Players Chance to Win a Jackpot Up To $50,000

Online players have a chance to win a jackpot up to $50,000 with the Level Up Giveaway from the Michigan Lottery.

Beginning Wednesday, and running through May 28, Lottery players will have a chance to win a jackpot of $20,000 or more, just by playing instant games online. The jackpot will increase by – $1,000 up to $50,000 – for each 1,000 different players who play online instant games during the promotion. The jackpot drawing will take place May 30.

In addition to the jackpot prize, 25 lucky players will win a $100 bonus credit valid for online play at MichiganLottery.com each week during the Level Up Giveaway. Weekly drawings will take place on May 9, 16, 23, and 30. All weekly winners will be eligible to win the jackpot.

Players may earn drawing entries by visiting MichiganLottery.com and playing the Level Up Giveaway’s featured online instant game. Players may earn one entry per day, up to 28 entries, in the Level Up Giveaway.

The Level Up Giveaway is open to current Michigan Lottery account holders and new players. Those interested in entering the Level Up Giveaway should visit MichiganLottery.com to sign up for an account and play the featured online instant game each day.

For more information and to view the current Level Up Giveaway jackpot amount, players should visit www.milotteryonlinegames.com/level-up-prelude.html.

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 70 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million 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 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

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Genesee County Woman Wins $4 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $150,000,000 Payout Instant Game

A Genesee County woman is planning a vacation after winning $4 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $150,000,000 Payout instant game.

“I buy my tickets every day from the same store and decided to purchase the $150,000,000 Payout ticket after winning $2,000 on it a month ago,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous.

“I was scratching the ticket and when I saw the star, I knew I won something. I saw the ‘4MIL,’ underneath and at first I was confused until I realized it meant I won $4 million. I was in shock. All I could think was ‘What am I going to do and who am I going to tell?’”

She bought her winning ticket at the Meijer store, located at 2333 South Center Road in Burton.

The 60-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million, rather than an annuity for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to go on vacation and then save the remainder.

“I’m still in shock, but I feel so happy to win this money,” she said.

Players have won more than $104 million playing $150,000,000 Payout, which launched in February 2018. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $67 million in prizes remain, including one $4 million top prize, 29 $10,000 prizes, 59 $5,000 prizes and 597 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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