19-Year-Old Upper Peninsula Man Claims $199,122 Fast Cash Jackpot

Listening to a friend really paid off for a 19-year-old man who won $199,122 playing the Michigan Lottery’s 50X The Cash Fast Cash game.

“My buddy and I were in the store and he bought a 50X The Cash ticket and lost,” said Jarret Vanenkevort. “I asked him what game I should try, and he told me to buy a 50X The Cash ticket. I listened to his advice, and the next thing I know, I’m staring at a ticket worth almost $200,000!”

Vanenkevort, of Bark River, bought his winning ticket at White’s Grocery, located at 4203 U.S Highway 2 in Escanaba. Bark River is about 12 miles west of Escanaba.

“My buddy couldn’t believe I won the jackpot, and neither could anyone else,” said Vanenkevort. “It’s taken a lot of convincing when I tell people I won. My grandpa still thinks it might be fake.”

Vanenkevort visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new truck and then save the remainder.

Fast Cash games are a series of instant-win games that print from terminals at Lottery retailers. Fast Cash tickets range in price from $2 per play up to $20 per play.

Fast Cash games 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 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 to grow.

Available Fast Cash games are:

  • Big Bowling Bucks – Each $2 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $2 up to $600 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.
  • Diamond Wild Time Progressive – Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $3,000 and 50 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 50X The Cash – 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.
  • Doubler Wild Time Progressive – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $6,000 and 100 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.
  • Lucky 7s – Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $4,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot.
  • 100X The Cash – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot, plus $250,000.
  • Jumbo Jackpot Slots – Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $10,000 and 100 percent of the Fast Cash progressive jackpot plus $250,000.

Fast Cash prizes never sell out and there is no waiting for a drawing as all games are played immediately.

In 2019, players won more than $61 million playing Fast Cash games.

Fast Cash games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Muskegon County Woman Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cash Instant Game

A Muskegon County woman is going to help her two daughters after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Cash instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 1768 West Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon.

“I scratched the ticket off and started screaming and jumping around,” said the 47-year-old player. “After a few minutes I had to take a step back and try to calm down. I couldn’t eat or sleep after scratching the ticket off.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. She chose to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of about $634,000 rather than annuity payments for the full amount.

“After the initial excitement I have just been breathing and trying to be smart about how I’m going to spend this. I’m going to help my daughters get on their feet and then put the rest in the bank,” the player said.

Players have won more than $36 million playing Cash, which launched in October 2019. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $36 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, two $10,000 prizes, and 31 $1,000 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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Oakland County Woman Wins $75,000 Playing Michigan Lottery’s Treasure Bay Instant Game Online


An Oakland County woman learned variety truly is the spice of life after winning $75,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Treasure Bay instant game online.

“I’ve played online games and have my favorites, but had never tried Treasure Bay,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I gave it a try and almost fell out of my chair when I hit for $75,000!

“I retired a few years ago, so this will go a long way to helping me have a more comfortable retirement. It’s really just incredible to win such a big prize.”

The 63-year-old player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

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 90 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 2019, Lottery players won more than $845 million playing games online.

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Jackson County Woman Wins $500,000 Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $500,000 Money Match Instant Game

A Jackson County woman plans to “get out of debt” after winning $500,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s $500,000 Money Match instant game.

“I played $500,000 Money Match before and won a little bit, so I decided to stick with it,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I scratched the ticket off in my car and freaked out and started shaking when I saw the ‘$500000’ symbol.”

The player bought her winning ticket at the Seymour Party Store, located at 606 Seymour Avenue in Jackson.

“As soon as I left the party store, I drove to my friend’s house to have her look over the ticket,” said the 55-year-old player. “I handed it to her and she checked the numbers one-by-one. It felt like it took forever before she told me I was right and had won $500,000!”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. With her winnings, she plans to get out of debt and then save the remainder.

“I’m going to live like I’ve been living, but I’ll be debt free,” the player said.

Players have won more than $13 million playing $500,000 Money Match, which launched in May 2019. Each $5 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000. More than $17 million in prizes remain, including two $500,000 top prizes and five $2,500 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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Oakland County Man Wins $1 Million Playing the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Lucky 7’s Instant Game

An Oakland County man calls winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Lucky 7’s instant game a “true blessing.”

“I don’t play Lottery often but had a feeling and decided to buy a $1,000,000 Lucky 7’s instant game ticket,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I brought it home and asked my wife to scratch it for me because she’s like Lady Luck!”

The player bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven, located at 710 Benstein Road in Commerce Township.

“As soon as I saw the pot of gold symbol, I said: ‘We’ve got a winner!’” said the player’s wife. “Once I scratched off the $1 million prize, I could barely talk. I just kept saying: ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’”

The couple visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. They chose to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum cash payment of about $634,000 rather than annuity payments for the full amount.

“We’ve had a rough couple years, so this is a real blessing. All our worries are gone now. We can pay off some bills and we’ll save the rest, maybe take a trip somewhere,” the player said.

Players have won more than $11 million playing $1,000,000 Lucky 7’s, which launched in January. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $36 million in prizes remain, including two $1 million top prizes, 34 $10,000 prizes, and 158 $2,000 prizes.

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

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.

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