Three Rivers Man Wins $100,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s $100 Grand Cashword Instant Game

Zach Salmen smiles after collecting his $100,000 prize.

Zach Salmen smiles after collecting his $100,000 prize.

A 23-year-old St. Joseph County man says karma led to him winning $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $100 Grand Cashword instant game.

Zach Salmen, or Three Rivers, bought his winning $100 Grand Cashword ticket at Paul’s Pantry, located at 261 East Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers.

“I stopped to grab a few things at Paul’s and I had $3 left from my $20,” said Salmen “So, I decided to buy a $100 Grand Cashword ticket.”

Salmen scratched the ticket after returning home and was stunned.

“I didn’t even bother scratching the bottom card when I uncovered 10 words on the top,” said Salmen. “I went back to the Paul’s to scan it and see if it was a winner.

Salmen's winning ticket.

Salmen’s winning ticket.

“Once I confirmed it was a winner, I folded it up and put it in my wallet and that’s where it’s been until today.”

Salmen visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his big prize. With his winnings he plans to help some family members, take a trip to Myrtle Beach, buy a new vehicle, and then invest the remainder.

“I’m overwhelmed. This is going to help me get back on my feet,” said Salmen.

Players have won nearly $18.6 million playing $100 Grand Cashword, which launched in March 2016. Each $3 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $100,000. More than $8.5 million in prizes remain, including two $100,000 top prizes and 68 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $248 Million

MSL MegaMillions LogoThe life of a Michigan Lottery player could improve quickly tonight if they win the $248 million Mega Millions jackpot. The cash option for tonight’s jackpot is $153 million.

The $248 million jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot in 2017. In January, one ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win a $188 million jackpot.

The last Michigan player to win the Mega Millions jackpot was Kelsey Zachow, of Port Huron. Zachow won the game’s $66 million jackpot in June 2014.

If a Michigan player win’s tonight’s $248 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize won in the state. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million. The Stebbins’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. 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 tonight’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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Genesee County Man Wins $4.4 Million Lotto 47 Jackpot

A Genesee County man is looking forward to a financial cushion after winning a $4.4 million jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched all six Lotto 47 numbers drawn May 17: 09-13-17-24-30-33. He bought his winning ticket at Smitty’s Exit 80, located at 2461 North Road in Fenton.

“I’ve been playing Lotto 47 for years and I’ve won a few smaller prizes,” said the 54-year-old player. “My wife and I sat down to check our numbers and we were so excited to see we had won the jackpot!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the jackpot. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.8 million rather than an annuity. With his winnings, he plans to set up college funds for his children and then invest the remainder in his retirement.

“It feels great to have a cushion and know I’ll be able to retire on my terms,” the player said.

Each Lotto 47 play is only $1. Players select six numbers from one to 47 for a chance to win a jackpot starting at $1 million and that grows until someone wins it. For an additional $1 per game, players may add EZMatch to their ticket for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Lotto 47 drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 7:29 p.m. Tickets may be purchased until 7:08 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

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Oakland County Woman Wins $235,432 Fast Cash Progressive Jackpot

An Oakland County woman was shocked when she won a $235,432 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s new Jackpot Slots Fast Cash game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Lincoln Park Fuel Sunoco gas station, located at 1312 Fort Street in Lincoln Park.

“After I bought the ticket, I looked it over and on spin six I thought I had a winner, so I kept re-reading the ticket,” said the player. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, so I called my husband and asked him to meet me and look at the ticket.

“He didn’t believe me and was even skeptical after he saw the ticket for himself, so we drove to the Lottery office to ask if it was a winner. It’s all still surreal.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim her big prize. With her winnings she plans to set up college funds for her children and then invest the remainder.

“Winning is a beautiful feeling,” she said.

Fast Cash games, launched July 10, are a new series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $1 per play up to $10 per play, and feature popular game themes, including Cashword and Wild Time.

Fast Cash games also offer a progressive jackpot that can be won instantly. Every Fast Cash ticket gives players a chance to win all or part of the progressive jackpot.

All of the Fast Cash games feed into one jackpot, which grows with every ticket purchased. The current jackpot amount prints on each ticket, so players always will know the amount of the jackpot up for grabs. The jackpot may be won at any time. As soon as the jackpot is hit, a new one starts again.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Bowling Bucks – Each $1 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $1 up to $100 and 10 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Cashword Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Wild Time Progressive – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $500 and 20 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 20X The Cash – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $2,500 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • Jackpot Slots – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $5,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.

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Jackson County Man Wins $128,909 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery

A Jackson County man had to make sure he wasn’t dreaming after winning a $128,909 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn on Sunday – 07-09-13-20-23 – to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 302 South Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.

“I was taken aback when I checked my ticket and saw I matched all five numbers,” said the player. “I asked my mother to pinch me to make sure I wasn’t just dreaming.”

The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off bills.

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. 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. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $110,000.

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