Lottery players win big on “MAKE ME RICH!”

LANSING, June 7, 2010 – Three lucky Michigan Lottery players won over $3 million in cash and prizes in the third episode of “Make Me Rich!”, the Lottery’s game show. “Make Me Rich!”, which aired on Friday, was hosted by Christopher Knight, best known for his role as Peter Brady on the 1970s hit TV series “The Brady Bunch” and most recently as host of “Trivial Pursuit America Plays.”

Dave Wrobleski of Dearborn Heights was the lucky winner of a 2010 Chevy Traverse and $1,300 worth of Michigan Lottery instant tickets. Wrobleski and other contestants earned the right to appear on the show after participating in the Lottery’s Player City Money Match contest. Additional contestants for the game included Richard Northcutt of Dewitt and Nicole Clemente of Port Huron, who each received a $5,000 appearance fee.

Patricia Harshaw of Troy was the grand prize winner of $1 million in the Million Dollar Mega Play game. Other finalists participating in the game included Jeffrey Faubert of Filer City and Deborah Busch of Clinton Twp. Each finalist earned the right to appear on the show after each winning $1,000 on the Million Dollar Mega Play instant ticket. In addition to their $1,000 prize, non-grand prize winners were each given a $5,000 appearance fee.

Leroy Fick of Auburn was the lucky winner of a $2 million prize in the $20 Instant games $2,000,000 drawing. Additional contestants for the game included Anthony Thomas of  Kentwood, Roger Palmiter of Battle Creek, John Wrona of Paw Paw, and Michele Becker of Whitmore Lake. Each non-grand prize winning contestant received a $5,000 appearance fee.

Created by Hollywood game show producer Jonathan Goodson Productions, “Make Me Rich!” airs new shows quarterly with a variety of exciting prizes. Christopher Knight will host the fourth and final production, slated to air in the fall.

Contestants on “Make Me Rich!,” participated in the Michigan Lottery’s Players Club; won $1,000 on the Million Dollar Mega Play instant ticket; or won $1,000 on the Lottery’s $20 Instant games, making them eligible for the $2 million grand prize. Viewers at home were also able to participate in the game show fun by texting-in for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes.

Anyone interested in being a future contestant can get more information by visiting and clicking on “Make Me Rich!”.

Over 98.5 cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2009, the contribution to schools was $724.5 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

For information on all Lottery games, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at

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