Dearborn Heights Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

A Dearborn Heights man and his wife “went crazy” after winning $1 million playing Powerball.

Boris Cvetkovski, 78, matched the five white balls – 04-19-23-25-49 – in the Jan. 13 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Food Max store, located at 27333 Cherry Hill Road in Inkster.

“When my wife and I checked my ticket we went crazy,” said Cvetkovski. “We can’t wait to share the good fortune with our family.”

Cvetkovski visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He plans to share his winnings with his family.

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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Muskegon Woman Wins $100,000 $100K Raffle Prize

Taking a chance on a new Lottery game paid off for a Muskegon woman who won $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $100k Raffle game.

Julie Jurkas, 57, won the big prize when her $100k Raffle number was selected as a $100,000 winner in the March 24 drawing. She purchased her ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I play online regularly and decided to give the new game a try,” said Jurkas. “I bought a few tickets over the course of the game.

“The day after the drawing, I was out and realized I had forgotten to do my daily spin on the Spin to Win game. When I logged in, I got a message that I had won a big prize. It was such an exciting feeling!”

Jurkas visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to buy a new vehicle and pay bills.

Players can check their raffle tickets by viewing the winning raffle numbers on MichiganLottery.com.

The $100k Raffle is an auto-renewing raffle game that has a limited pool of 100,000 tickets for each drawing. When the last raffle ticket is purchased, the game will close, and the winning raffle numbers will be selected. After all winning numbers have been selected, the $100k Raffle will auto-renew, and a new, identical pool of 100,000 tickets will become available for sale.

The $100k Raffle offers five $100,000 prizes, 50 $1,000 prizes, 500 $100 prizes, and 5,000 $50 prizes.

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

Left to right: - Heather Shubnell, Principal of MISD Bozymowski Elementary, Kathy Nolfo, and Paula Elias, Director of Center Programs MISD.

Left to right: Heather Shubnell, Principal of MISD Bozymowski Elementary, Kathy Nolfo, and Paula Elias, Director of Center Programs MISD.

A Macomb County educator known for her devotion to education and leaving a lasting impact on her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kathy Nolfo, is a special education teacher with the Macomb Intermediate 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 Nolfo will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Nolfo said a passion for learning and helping others led her to a career in education.

“I have always had a passion for learning and helping others. I believe the many excellent educators I have had, helped shape my love for learning. I wanted to play an instrumental role in helping students discover their full potential.”

She said working with students’ families and helping them overcome challenges are her favorite parts of being an educator.

“While I love to celebrate even the slightest success, I am also driven to help students work through difficult challenges. I love watching the students grow and evolve throughout the year. As my students transform, I witness the impact of every teacher who has touched their lives before me. I am always so honored when students return to visit me long after they have moved on to middle school. It is so satisfying to see how much they have continued to grow and achieve.”

A parent of a student nominated Nolfo for the award. The nomination cited her ability to push students to achieve their full potential.

“As the mom of a brilliant but mostly nonverbal Autistic son, our supports are key to his growth and success. We were blessed to meet Ms. Kathy after we started to transition to the higher grades of elementary school. Kathy heard of my son and his ability as a precocious reader-memorizer and very early on, she pushed him and his comfort zone. Every time I see my son engage and try, it’s that push and expectation for him to be the big boy that he is and is helping define what his responsibilities are to us and the world. She has had him for a few school years now and we are about to transition over the next year to junior high school and that while scary, it’s time and it wouldn’t be without that aging that came from growing into to the older kids room that Ms. Kathy is known for and provides.

“Since the pandemic, she has run her room from school online with many new students and it’s like they’ve been with her for years. She finds something within each student to form a bond. It’s this type of love, dedication, and effort for her kids and their futures that will stick out and will make her be remembered as one of the best educators of her time.”

Nolfo earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University. She has been an educator for 36 years, all with the Macomb Intermediate School 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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Saginaw County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Saginaw County educator known for bringing out the best in her students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kristi Weber, is a kindergarten through sixth grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher with the Saginaw Public 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 Weber will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Weber said her teachers as a child led her to a career in education.

“I have always loved working with kids. From the time I was in 2nd grade I said I wanted to be a teacher and never wavered from that decision. I had many teachers that influenced me throughout my time in school.”

She said watching her students grow is her favorite part of being an educator.

“I love watching a child “grow” throughout the year. Also, when a student has that “ah-ha” moment, it warms my heart. Seeing my students’ smiling faces and the excitement they bring to class every day is rewarding. When they ask: ‘What are we doing today?’ with excitement, that means that I am making a difference and connecting with them.”

A former colleague nominated Weber for the award. The nomination cited her dedication to her students and her leadership within the district.

“Mrs. Weber deserves recognition for her dedication to her students, their families, her colleagues, her union members and her family. Kristi has been a teacher in Saginaw for over 20 years and has taught many different grade levels. Her positive personality is infectious. Kristi gives up her family time to attend her school kids football and basketball games. This is noticed and appreciated by the parents of her students. The rapport she has built over the years with students and parents is undeniable. Former students stop in to visit her every year…she keeps up with them on Facebook and encourages them far beyond their school days. She demands that her students always strive to do their best.

“At the district level, Kristi has been a member of the District Turnaround Network team for over five years and is still a part of this team striving to make Saginaw Public School District thrive.”

Weber earned a bachelor’s degree from Alma College. She has been an educator for 23 years, all with the Saginaw Public School 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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Michigan Lottery Contributes Record $1.179 Billion to Michigan Schools in 2020

The Michigan Lottery raised more than $1.179 billion for Michigan schools in fiscal year 2020. This marks the sixth record-setting year in a row for Lottery contributions to the School Aid Fund and the second consecutive year that the Lottery has generated more than $1 billion for public education in a single fiscal year.

“We continue to find ways to make historic investments in our classrooms in conjunction with the bipartisan budget that I signed last year to make the largest investment in K-12 education in the history of our state without raising taxes,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The Michigan Lottery’s $1.179 billion contribution in education will add to this record investment to help our students, our teachers, and our communities thrive. For six years in a row, the Michigan Lottery has set records, and I am grateful to the players, retailers, vendors, and state agencies who make this investment in our kids and their future possible.”

Lottery contributions to the School Aid Fund over the prior five years were:

  • FY19: $1.070 billion
  • FY18: $941.28 million
  • FY17: $924.11 million
  • FY16: $888.91 million
  • FY15: $795.50 million

Since 1972, the Lottery has raised more than $24.5 billion for public education in Michigan. Approximately $5.8 billion or 23.6% of that amount was raised over the last six record breaking years.

The Lottery set several other significant records in FY20, including more than $4.2 billion in sales, more than $2.5 billion in prizes to players, and more than $307 million in commissions to Lottery retail locations across Michigan ranging in size from small independently owned stores to large chains.

Record sales in FY20 were driven in part by the Lottery’s internet platform and instant games. Internet-based sales increased by almost 88% and instant-game sales increased by about 23% compared to FY19. The Lottery’s internet platform saw an increase in player registrations which led to greater awareness of games both online and at retail. Players participating in promotions online frequently receive offers redeemed at retail locations, further connecting Lottery’s internet platform to retail businesses.

“Each Lottery purchase in Michigan helps raise critical funding for our schools,” said Lottery Commissioner Brian O. Neill. “The last six record-setting years would not be possible without the support of our players and the dedicated work of our retailers, vendors, and teams at both Lottery and supporting state agencies.”

The Lottery is also committed to promoting responsible gaming. Michigan was the first state lottery to receive certification of its online program through the National Council on Problem Gambling and also has attained Responsible Gaming Verification through the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Responsible gaming information and resources are available on the Lottery’s website at: http://www.michiganlottery.com/responsible-gaming.

For each dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in FY20, approximately:

  • 61 cents went to players as prizes
  • 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund to support public education
  • 9 cents went to commissions for retailers and vendors
  • 2 cents funded the Lottery’s operations and administrative costs

Under state law, all profits from the Lottery go to the School Aid Fund.

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