An Oakland County man feels “extremely blessed” after winning $2 million on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.
Walt Belcher, 71, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. Belcher was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.
“I still can’t believe that I had the chance to be on The Big Spin show,” said Belcher. “I entered lots of tickets, but I never thought I would actually be chosen.
“When the wheel stopped on the $2 million prize, I was blown away! All of this has been such a blessing and I feel very fortunate.”
Belcher chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount.
“It still hasn’t sunk in that I won, so I haven’t decided what I will do with the money yet. All I can say right now is that it pays off to enter your losing tickets,” Belcher said.
Belcher, of Waterford, was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show in a random drawing. Entries are still being accepted into The Big Spin second chance drawing. Players may enter non-winning The Big Spin tickets at www.MIBigSpin.com for a chance to appear on the televised game show. Ten additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. The two remaining The Big Spin second chance drawings are scheduled to take place on Dec. 28 and March 1.
Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000.
The Big Spin televised events will air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com. By entering codes, players will earn entries for the drawings for the opportunity to appear on television and spin the big wheel.
Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $6 million playing The Big Spin which launched in September. More than $64 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 134 $1,000 prizes.
In 2021, Lottery players won more than $1.8 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.