Ypsilanti Woman Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Powerball LogoA last-minute decision to add Power Play to her ticket paid off for a Ypsilanti woman who won a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.

Rachel Bayham, 34, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 02-11-22-35-60 PB:23 – in the Nov. 2 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $100,000. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

“I like to play Powerball when the jackpot gets large,” said Bayham. “I’ve never played the Power Play option, but I decided to add it to my ticket at the last minute. I checked the winning numbers before I went to bed, and I thought I’d won $200 at first. When I logged in to my Lottery account and saw $100,000 pending, I was shocked!”

Bayham recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to invest and travel.

The Powerball jackpot was last won on Nov. 19. One ticket bought in Kansas won the $93 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $20 million.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Winning Lucky For Life Ticket Bought in Warren; Ticket Worth $25,000 a Year for Life

Lucky for Life LogoA Michigan Lottery player is looking forward to a lifetime of cash after winning $25,000 a year for life playing Lucky For Life.

A ticket matched the five white balls drawn Friday night – 20-24-26-33-41 – to win the big prize. The winning ticket was bought at Tiger Smoke and Vape, located at 15196 East 13 Mile Road in Warren. This is the eighth time a Michigan player has won a lifetime prize playing Lucky For Life this year.

The lucky winner has two choices to collect the big prizes:

  • Annual $25,000 payments for a minimum of 20 years or life, whichever is greater, or
  • A one-time lump sum cash payment of $390,000

The winner should contact the Michigan Lottery Player Relations Division at 844-887-6836, option 2 to schedule an appointment to collect the big prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Lansing. Lucky For Life tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date.

For just $2 per play, Lucky For Life gives Lottery players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 to a lifetime of cash. To win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day for life, players must match all five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 48, plus one Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 18. Players who match all five winning numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, will win $25,000 a year for life. Drawings take place at 10:38 p.m. seven days-a-week. Tickets may be purchased at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com.

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Wayne County Woman Wins $100,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $300,000,000 Diamond Riches Second Chance Game

 

Winner graphicWhat a Wayne County woman assumed was a scam call, ended up being a call from the Michigan Lottery informing her she’d won a $100,000 prize playing the $300,000,000 Diamond Riches Second Chance game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, won $100,000 after she was selected in a random drawing that took place on Oct. 19. She earned entries into the giveaway by scanning non-winning $300,000,000 Diamond Riches tickets on the Michigan Lottery app.

“I got a call one afternoon and the caller ID showed it was from the state of Michigan which I thought was strange,” said the 62-year-old player. “I assumed it was a scam call and I almost didn’t answer, but then decided to at the last minute. When the woman said she was with the Michigan Lottery calling to inform me of my $100,000 prize, I didn’t believe it.

“I checked my email while I was on the phone with the Lottery employee and saw they’d sent me an email earlier that day informing me of my prize, and that’s when I knew it was real. I called my daughter right away to tell her the good news!”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to start a college fund for her granddaughter, pay bills, donate, and then save the remainder.

“Winning is great and I now know that it’s definitely worth it to scan losing ticket,” said the player.

The tenth and final $300,000,000 Diamond Riches second chance drawing took place on Nov. 16. Each drawing awarded:

  • One winner of $100,000
  • Five winners of $10,000
  • Twenty winners of $1,000
  • Sixty winners of $500

Players may visit MichiganLottery.com to view the $300,000,000 Diamond Riches second chance winners.

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Macomb County Man Wins $100,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show


A Macomb County man has his sights set on a new truck after winning a $100,000 prize on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Michael Welicki, 72, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. Welicki was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“When I got the call telling me I was chosen as one of the The Big Spin contestants, I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” said Welicki. “Winning a $100,000 prize feels great and will allow me to purchase a new truck.

“I definitely plan to continue playing the Lottery after this. There is always more money to be won,” said Welicki.

John Salley (left) and Michael Welicki (right)Welicki, of Macomb, 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.

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


A Muskegon county man is looking forward to retirement after winning a $450,000 prize on The Big Spin show.

James McKeown, 61, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion, John Salley. McKeown 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 telling me I was chosen as one of the contestants, I started screaming and yelling with excitement,” said McKeown. “As soon as I got off the call, I was yelling up and down the halls at work telling people the good news!

“It is so exciting to finally be here taking the big spin and it feels unbelievable to be leaving with $450,000. I have always loved playing the Lottery and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“This money is going to allow me to do a lot of things I have been wanting to do such as some home improvements, purchasing a new GMC Denali, and then saving the remainder for retirement.”

John Salley (left) and James McKeown (right)McKeown, of Muskegon, 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.

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