Excellence in Education Rules and Regulations

Eligibility Rules and Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following characteristics:

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 schools 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.


1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not increase odds of being selected for the Excellence in Education award.

2. Nominees must be employed at the time of nomination and at the time of the award by a publicly funded school or school district located within the Designated Market Area (DMA) of the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education media partners.

3. Immediate family members of Michigan Lottery employees, Lottery vendors, and the Michigan Educator of the Week media partners are not eligible to receive an Excellence in Education award.


The Michigan Lottery will review all nominations for completeness and nominations will be evaluated based on the established nomination criteria.

All decisions on the awards will be the responsibility of the Michigan Lottery and its decisions will be final.

In choosing to accept an award, the recipient agrees to allow the Michigan Lottery, its media partner stations, and other media outlets to use the recipient’s name, image, and likeness for news coverage, advertising, and promotional purposes.

The Award

Excellence in Education Award recipients will receive:

  • A $1,500 cash prize plus a $500 grant for the educator’s classroom, school or school district
  • A plaque recognizing his or her selection as Excellence in Education Winner.
  • The winners of the Excellence in Education Award will be eligible to be considered for the Michigan Lottery Educator of the Year. The winner of that award will be announced in June.
  • The selected Michigan Educator of the Year will receive a Grand Prize of $10,000.
  • The recipients of the Excellence in Education Awards and the Educator of the Year Award shall be responsible for all taxes related to their prizes.


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