A Stockbridge man is in shock after winning a $753,824 progressive jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Fast Cash Jackpot Slots game.
Mike Harbert, 51, bought his winning ticket at the Unadilla Store, located at 13329 Unadilla Road in Gregory. The Unadilla Store has been owned by Harbert’s family for generations.
“I pushed the button on the terminal to print the Jackpot Slots ticket, and a customer walked into the store,” said Harbert, who manages the store. “After I assisted the customer, I came back to the terminal and looked at my ticket. When I saw I matched the three jackpot symbols, I quickly scanned it and saw I needed to go to Lottery headquarters.
“My wife, Sherrie, was traveling back from Kentucky so I called her to see when she’d be home. I didn’t want to tell her the news while she was on the road because I was afraid she would be too excited to keep driving.”
“When Mike called me, I could just tell something was off,” said Sherrie. “I must have asked a thousand times what was on his mind, but he didn’t tell me until after I got home.”
The Harberts visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect the big prize. They plan on investing their winnings for their retirement.
“Things like this don’t happen to people like us,” said Sherrie. “It’s just so overwhelming.”
“We’ve both worked hard all of our lives and have faced some challenges along the way and this is going to be a tremendous help for our future together,” Harbert 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.