Rockwood Resident Wins $5,000 On 'Road To Riches' TV Game Show

DETROIT, September 27, 1997 – Rockwood resident Kenneth Haase, a heating and cooling contractor, warmed things up with a $5,000 win Saturday night on "Road to Riches," the Michigan Lottery’s weekly television game show.

Haase, 60, plans to save most of his winnings for retirement.  "I would also like to remodel the kitchen in my home," he said.  Haase enjoys camping and fishing up north with family in his spare time.

On "Road to Riches" where all roads lead to prize money, contestants select travel symbols from the "Boulevard of Bucks," "Leisure Lane," "Easy Street" and "Road to Riches" game boards.  The contestant winning the closest amount to $1,000 without going over in the first four rounds advances to the final round – the home of the big vault.  The player then chooses the correct key to open the vault.  If successful on the first try, the player wins $50,000.  Subsequent tries bring prizes of $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000.  Other bonus prizes include instant cash bonuses and a Caribbean cruise for two.

The other "Road to Riches" contestants had these plans for their winnings:

  • Joanne Michalik, 33, of Romulus, won $600.  The photographer with Photographic Impressions said she will save most of her winnings for retirement and make some home renovations.  Michalik spends her free time bow hunting and gardening.
  • Norman B. Allen, 48, of Flushing, won $800.  A millwright with General Motors, Allen said he will pay bills and take a cruise with his winnings.  His favorite pastimes include hunting and camping.
  • Marilyn Carlisle, 61, of White Lake, won $900.  The homemaker said she will use her winnings to take her daughter to Las Vegas, pay bills and build an addition on her home.  Carlisle enjoys collecting antiques, gardening and reading in her spare time.  Valerie Nelson, Carlisle’s daughter, played for her.
  • Arnold Oleinick, 65, of Southfield, won $700.  A part-time sales employee with Furniture Direct, Oleinick said he will pay bills and buy a new car with his winnings.  He also won the $250 Confetti Cash bonus in the second round of game play and the Caribbean cruise in the third round.   Oleinick enjoys watching the Detroit Lions in his free time.
  • Lillian L. Markiw, 72, of Kentwood, won $600.  The retired teacher said she will share her winnings with family and travel to visit her children.  Markiw also won the $100 Quick Cash bonus in the first round of game play.  Her hobbies include reading, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with grandchildren.

Contestants who will appear on the Saturday, October 4, show are: Clinton Smith, of Clarkston; Betty Ann Johnson, of Livonia; Mary Cross, of St. Clair Shores; Estella M. Sanders, of Jackson; Ampelio Bortolani, of Clinton Township; and Shirley Lezovich, of Morrice.

All "Road to Riches" contestants receive full "star" treatment, including limousine service for travel around Detroit, accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel-Detroit and a luncheon at The Whitney Restaurant.  Before the show, each contestant visits a television makeup artist and is photographed with the show’s hosts, Chuck Gaidica and Aggie Usedly.

The weekly show stems from the Michigan Lottery’s instant games.  Players can enter a drawing to be a contestant on the "Road to Riches" show by sending in three non-winning tickets, one from each of three different instant games.  Six entries are randomly drawn every week.

"Road to Riches" airs on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on a statewide network of nine stations including: WBKB-TV 11, Alpena; WOTV-TV 41, Battle Creek; WDIV-TV 4, Detroit; WJMN-TV 3, Escanaba/Marquette; WNEM-TV 5, Flint/Saginaw; WLAJ-TV 53, Lansing; WMKG-TV 40, Muskegon; WGTQ-TV 8, Sault Ste. Marie; and WGTU-TV 29, Traverse City.

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