Wayne County Man Claims Record $1.84 Million Fast Cash Jackpot

The winner of a record $1.84 million Fast Cash jackpot credits “a little something” for reminding him to stop doing yardwork and go buy the winning ticket.

The winner, Rodney Stokoszynski (pronounced STOKE-UH-ZIN-SKI), described himself as a regular Lottery player and said he’d already played Fast Cash twice that day and won, so he decided that he wanted to play one more time.

“I was home doing yardwork and about 4 p.m., a little something reminded me that I wanted to play Fast Cash again.  I didn’t even wash my hands or anything, just went to the store and asked for three Fast Cash tickets. I couldn’t believe it when I realized that I’d won the jackpot,” he said.

“I was yelling and waving my arms in the air and jumping around the store.  I was so excited that I knocked over some of the displays, but they didn’t mind, they were just so happy for me.”

Stokoszynski bought the big winner – a $10 Doubler Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash ticket – at Rock on Smokers, located at 269002 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock. He hit the jackpot on Nov. 3, 2019. The 59-year-old Flat Rock man said he didn’t claim the prize until Friday because he was working seven days a week at a major automaker through the end of the year, then retired.

“I told all my friends and family that I won right away. Then once I got my retirement all sorted out, I knew is was time to go to the bank, get the ticket out of my safety deposit box and head to Lansing,” he said. “I still can’t believe I won more than $1.8 million.  It’s amazing!

“Since I won, I’ve thought a lot about that day. I wonder what would have happened even if I’d just stopped to wash my hands. Or if I finished up my yardwork and went to buy my tickets later. Or if that little something hadn’t reminded me that I wanted to play Fast Cash one more time that day. Would I still have hit the jackpot? I’ll never know. I’m just glad that it worked out the way it did. I guess I was just meant to have all this money.

“I already had a good life and was headed toward a good retirement.  Now, with this money, I’ll still have a good life, I’ll just be more comfortable,” Stokoszynski said, adding that he plans to do a bit of traveling and spend more time with family, especially his father.

Stokoszynski said he was helping two nieces get through college and with his big prize, it was now guaranteed that both would graduate with no debt. And he said that buying some hunting land in northern Michigan also was a strong possibility.

Stokoszynski added that he’s still playing the Lottery. In fact, he claimed a $2,000 Fast Cash prize that he’d recently won on the same day that he collected his jackpot winnings. “I’ve always done well playing Lottery games.  What I always tell people is that if you want to win, you have to play!”

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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Ogemaw County Woman Wins $550,000 on Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show

An Ogemaw County woman is looking forward to a “clean slate” after winning $550,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Lori Wangler, 58, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Wangler was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“I was really emotional when I found out I had been selected to be on the show,” said Wangler. “Our family farms and owns a trucking business and it’s been a really difficult year in the fields. Winning $550,000 means we can start 2020 with a clean slate. I’ll even be able to take my husband on a much-deserved vacation!”

Wangler was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. This was the final second-chance drawing for The Big Spin game. Each player selected spun The Big Spin wheel and had a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spun The Big Spin wheel were guaranteed to win at least $100,000.

All told, 20 players were selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events, which air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players won more than $9 million on The Big Spin show.

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 $20 million playing The Big Spin. More than $55 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 107 $1,000 prizes.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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Saginaw County Man Wins $561,838 Fast Cash Prize

Winning a $561,838 Diamond Wild Time Progressive Fast Cash prize from the Michigan Lottery has changed a Saginaw County man’s life.

The 64-year-old player bought his winning ticket at the 1 Dollar Bargain store, located at 3787 North Michigan Avenue in Saginaw.

“I play Fast Cash all the time,” said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. “I bought a few tickets and began scanning them at the machine. When I scanned this ticket and saw how much I won, I started screaming with excitement!”

The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. With his winnings, he plans to help his family and invest.

“Winning this prize has changed my life,” said the player. “It is really going to help with retirement.”

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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Ingham County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Molly Turner (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

Molly Turner (right) poses for a photo with Michigan Lottery public relations director, Jeff Holyfield, after accepting her Excellence in Education Award.

An Ingham County educator known for using hands on lab experiments and activities to engage students in science and for launching a free school snack program for students has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Molly Turner, teaches chemistry and physics at Leslie High School, which is part of the Leslie Public Schools.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district.  One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations:  WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The news segment featuring Turner will air this evening in Grand Rapids and Lansing, and then on Thursday in Saginaw and Detroit.

Turner said she was attracted to a career in education because “I grew up in a family of educators and have always had a great respect for the profession.  I also truly enjoy watching young people grow and develop into successful adults.”

She said her favorite parts of being an educator are “watching students experience success in the science classroom and celebrating their accomplishments after graduation. My students and co-workers are amazing! They motivate me to do my best each day.”

Molly Turner is interviewed after being presented with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

Molly Turner is interviewed after being presented with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

A colleague nominated Turner for the Excellence in Education award, saying “her students love having her as their teacher.”

“She plans a variety of labs and activities to keep students engaged. Even though her teaching focus is on the science field, she cares about the school as a whole,” the nomination said. “Last year, she implemented a free snack program for students who need something to eat between classes and was able to get donations through the Weekday Snack Program.

“Molly also has been an active member of the teaching staff.  She is the chair of the school improvement team and co-coordinator for the high school power play program.”

Turner earned three degrees from Michigan State University: a bachelor of science in biology, a bachelor of science in zoology, and a master of arts in educational technology. She has been an educator for 11 years, the past 10 with the Leslie Public Schools.

Outstanding public school educators may be nominated for an Excellence in Education award at http://bit.ly/ExcellenceInEducation or through the websites of the Lottery’s media partner stations.

Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
  • Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
  • Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts.
  • Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.
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Detroit Woman Wins $200,000 on Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin Show

A Detroit woman is going to help her mother after winning $200,000 on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Chantel Miller, 26, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Miller was selected to participate in the show after entering codes from non-winning The Big Spin tickets online.

“When I heard about The Big Spin show, I bought tickets pretty regularly hoping to win,” said Miller. “When I got the call to be on the show, I was surprised and excited!

“Winning $200,000 means I can help out my mom, pay some bills, and invest. It takes a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Miller was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. This was the final second-chance drawing for The Big Spin game. Each player selected spun The Big Spin wheel and had a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spun The Big Spin wheel were guaranteed to win at least $100,000.

All told, 20 players were selected to appear on the Lottery’s The Big Spin televised events, which air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players won more than $9 million on The Big Spin show.

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 $20 million playing The Big Spin. More than $55 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 107 $1,000 prizes.

In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers across the state.

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