Flint Man Wins $100,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Wild Bingo Instant Game

Joe Bell and Faye Bolton smile after Bell claimed a $100,000 Wild Bingo prize.

Joe Bell and Faye Bolton smile after Bell claimed a $100,000 Wild Bingo prize.

A Flint man couldn’t sleep after winning $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Wild Bingo instant game.

Joe Bell, of Flint, won the big prize on a Wild Bingo ticket he bought at the 777 Party Store, located at G1229 North Ballenger Highway in Flint.

“I bought the ticket at the party store and started scratching it when I got to my car,” said the 66-year-old Bell. “When I saw I had won $100,000 I went crazy! I had to pinch myself because I thought I was dreaming. I went and told my friend right away and she couldn’t believe it either.”

Bell's winning ticket.

Bell’s winning ticket.

Bell recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a house.

“I couldn’t sleep the past two nights knowing I won $100,000,” said Bell. “It still feels like a dream!”

Players have won more than $9 million playing Wild Bingo which launched in September 2017. Each $3 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $100,000. More than $1 million in prizes remain, including 16 $1,000 prizes, and 29 $500 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $530 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

MSL MegaMillions LogoThe life of a Michigan Lottery player could change forever if they win tonight’s $530 million Mega Millions jackpot. The cash option for the jackpot is about $344 million.

The $530 million jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot this year. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2019 was a $437 million jackpot. One ticket purchased in New York matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on Jan. 1.

The last Michigan player to win the Mega Millions jackpot was Kevin Blake, of Waterford. Blake won half of the game’s $42 million jackpot in October 2017. The other winning ticket was purchased in Rhode Island.

If a Michigan player wins tonight’s $530 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize won in the state. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

Mega Millions tickets for tonight’s drawing may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

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Newaygo County Man Wins $2 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s 100X The Cash Instant Game

A ray of sunshine led to a Newaygo County man winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s 100X The Cash instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 1028 West Main Street in Fremont.

“I was coming back to work after making a delivery and traffic on Main Street was jammed up, so I stopped at the BP to get a couple Cashword tickets,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “As the clerk was getting my tickets, the sun hit the front of the 100X The Cash ticket just right and it sparkled and caught my eye, so I asked for one of those too.

“I got to my truck and scratched the ticket off. When I saw I had a winner, I ran back inside and right away the clerk asked if I was all right. I showed her the ticket, and she started crying. Neither of us could believe I had a $2 million winner!”

The 56-year-old player then headed home to share the good news with his wife.

“My wife was outside when I got home so I called her in to the house,” said the player. “When she came in, I was doing my happy dance and told her we’d won big. She didn’t believe me and made me go back to the gas station to verify the ticket was a winner.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, buy a new car, and then save the remainder for retirement.

“Everyone who plays dreams of winning, but no one is ever really prepared to win this much. It made me instantly calm because I know I’ll never owe anyone anything again,” the player said.

Players have won more than $52 million playing 100X The Cash, which launched in December 2018. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $46 million in prizes remain, including one $2 million top prize, 27 $10,000 prizes, and 422 $1,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games.

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Midland County Woman Wins $100,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Football Payout Instant Game Online


A Midland County woman did a touchdown dance after winning $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Football Payout instant game online.

“I had to look at my phone a couple of times before I realized how much I’d won,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I called my husband to tell him I’d won $100,000 and couldn’t stop screaming into the phone.

“I had to get a Social Security card to claim the prize, and every day while I was waiting, I logged in to make sure the prize was still in my account and this wasn’t a dream.”

The 36-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With her winnings she plans to pay bills, help family, and take a trip to Disney World.

“Winning $100,000 is a crazy feeling. It feels so good to know I can help take some weight off my husband’s shoulders and we can help some family members who have helped us along the way,” the player said.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion-dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 50 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

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$1 Million Winning Mega Millions Ticket Bought in Macomb County

MSL MegaMillions LogoA lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Mega Millions ticket in Macomb County for last night’s drawing is walking around with a ticket worth $1 million.

A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 25-37-46-48-68 – in Tuesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. The winning ticket was bought at the BP gas station, located at 38950 Hayes Road in Clinton Township.

The $1 million winner from Tuesday’s drawing should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one year from the drawing date.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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