Detroit Lottery Club Wins $150,000 Big Game Prize!

LANSING, February 12, 1999 – The 12 members of a Detroit lottery club are celebrating in a big way – they’re the latest winners of a top Michigan Lottery prize!

The Dirty Dozen lottery club matched the first five numbers drawn in the February 2 Big Game drawing, collecting the game’s $150,000 prize.  That day’s winning numbers were: 6, 14, 23, 31, 33 and the Big Money Ball number was 13.

Club members, who work together at Cass Metal Industries in Southfield, include:

  • Emmett J. Alexander of Detroit
  • Allen Baker of Detroit
  • Samuel Broaden of Southfield
  • Greg Crowell of Detroit
  • Daphine Dove of Pontiac
  • James Gadson of Pontiac
  • Charles Hoover of Detroit
  • Taff Isaacs of Ypsilanti
  • Damon Kellam of Detroit
  • Kerry Sims of Highland Park
  • Andre Trotter of Westland
  • Kenrick Tucker of Detroit

The club members range from 25 to 50 years of age and are a mixture of married and single individuals.

"One of the club members – Allen Baker – told us the day after the drawing that the club had won," Emmett Alexander, the club’s representative, said.  "We didn’t believe him at first! It is hard to fathom that we really won. We were all very surprised!"

The winning Big Game "easy pick" ticket was purchased at Meijer, Inc. #68, 37201 Warren Road, in Westland.

Prior to turning the winning ticket in at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing, the group locked the ticket in a safe.  The club members plan to use their winnings for many different purchases, including: a down payment on a house, jewelry for a spouse, "gator shoes" and camcorders just to name a few.

The club members, who have only been playing the Michigan Lottery as a group for one month, offered the following advice for other lucky Lottery players: "You have to play to win!"

The Big Game is a six-state lottery game which held its first drawing in September 1996. Lotteries in Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia contribute to the joint prize pool. Big Game drawings are conducted every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

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