Kent County Woman Wins $450,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show

A Kent County woman is looking forward to financial independence after winning $450,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Billi Thielke, of Sand Lake, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. Thielke was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“When I got the call from the Lottery informing me that I was selected as a contestant, I couldn’t believe it,” said Thielke. “As soon as I got off the phone, I got in my car and drove to my husband’s work to tell him the good news!

“Words can’t describe what it means to me to be here and to be leaving with $450,000. Winning is amazing and will allow us to be financially independent. With the winnings, we plan to purchase a new truck and then save the remainder.”

Billi Thielke (left) and her husband Kirk Thielke (right)Thielke, 57, 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 for a chance to appear on the televised game show. Five additional players will be selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events. The final The Big Spin second chance drawing is scheduled to take place on 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 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 $11 million playing The Big Spin which launched in September. More than $60 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 124 $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.

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