Millions in cash given away on “Make Me Rich!”

LANSING, February 24, 2011 – Three lucky Michigan Lottery players won over $2 million in cash on the winter episode of Make Me Rich!, the Lottery’s game show. “Make Me Rich!”, which aired on Wednesday, 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.”

Nancy Jo Bissell of Grand Ledge was the lucky winner of $500,000 in the Holiday Countdown second-chance game. Other contestants participating included Ronnie Collyer of Union City and Lance Williams of Detroit, who each received a $5,000 appearance fee.

Helga Simmroth of Ypsilanti was the grand prize winner of $240,000 in the 4 The Money second-chance game. Other contestants, who each received a $5,000 appearance fee, participating in the show included David MacKellar of Ann Arbor and Jay Denkins of Greenville.

Scott Kennedy of Howell was the lucky winner of a $2 million prize in the $20 Instant games $2,000,000 drawing. Additional contestants for the game included Suzanne Sunny of Howell, Walid Shina of Farmington Hills, Susan Hubbell of Chesterfield, and Shannon Chapin of Lansing. Each non-grand prize winning contestant received a $5,000 appearance fee.

Created by Hollywood game show producer Jonathan Goodson Productions, “Make Me Rich!” air new shows quarterly with a variety of exciting prizes. Christopher Knight will host future productions, with another show slated to air in the spring.

Contestants won the opportunity to appear on “Make Me Rich!,” by winning cash prizes on Michigan Lottery Instant games, including $1,000 on the Lottery’s $20 Instant games $2,000,000 drawing tickets. They also participated in the Holiday Countdown and 4 The Money second-chance drawings on the Michigan Lottery’s player’s club Web site,

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

Over 94 cents of every dollar spent on 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 2010, the contribution to schools was $701.3 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

For additional information, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at

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