Michigan Lottery Partners With Former Piston John Salley For The Big Spin

Written By Drew Ellis on September 13, 2022 - Last Updated on December 7, 2023

The Michigan Lottery is partnering up with a big Michigan name to promote its latest instant game, The Big Spin.

Along with three prizes of $1 million on the instant game, losing tickets can be entered into a drawing to actually take a big spin on a prize wheel.

A total of 20 lucky Michigan lottery players will get a spin at the prize wheel on local television. The special shows will be hosted by former Detroit Piston John Salley.

What is The Big Spin Michigan Lottery instant game?

The Big Spin is the latest instant scratch off game from the Michigan Lottery.

The $10 ticket launched on Sept. 6 and is a revival from a game ran in 2019.

Prizes range from $10 to $1 million on the instant ticket, with a total of three $1 million prizes available. Odds to win are 1 in 3.75.

Tickets are available at Michigan Lottery retailers across the state.

Losing tickets can lead to The Big Spin

The real bonus of The Big Spin comes with its losing tickets.

If you don’t win on your instant ticket, you can find a “Spin Code” on the bottom left of each ticket. Scratch that and enter the code at MIBigSpin.com to be entered into The Big Spin drawing.

On four different occasions, five lucky winners will be drawn to make The Big Spin on the prize wheel on local television.

Spinning the big wheel guarantees a minimum prize of $100,000 and a maximum of $2 million.

“Players are really excited about it coming back. It’s one of the few games where I’ve heard some players upset that they won on their ticket, because they really want to be part of the Big Spin,” said Jake Harris, Player Relations Manager of the Michigan Lottery. “There’s not many games where you will find this kind of excitement over a non-winning ticket.”

The first of the four drawings will be held on Sept. 28 and the final drawing will take place sometime in the spring. A total of 20 winners will be drawn collectively over the four drawings.

After each drawing, the entry pool will be reset from scratch, requiring a new entry to be eligible for The Big Spin.

John Salley to host televised spins

The 20 lucky Big Spin selections will not only get a great opportunity to win big money, but they will also get to meet former Piston John Salley.

Salley, a four-time NBA champion and two-time champ with the Pistons, will play host to the spin events that will air on local television across the state.

“When we launched Big Spin, we were looking for someone that had a strong Michigan connection and would be recognizable to players throughout the state. With the game being the Big Spin, we wanted a big person with a big personality. John Salley definitely fits that mold,” Harris said.

Salley is so big, in fact, that the Michigan Lottery has to put the spin wheel on a riser in order to fit on screen with the 6-foot-11 former Piston.

Salley will interact with the lucky winners prior to their spin. He will then be on hand to see just what they win.

More big prizes from the Michigan Lottery

It’s been a big year of giving away big prizes from the Michigan Lottery

The lottery website reports a total of 33 prizes of at least $1 million given away in 2022 alone. That includes four prizes of $4 million.

In July, a Cheboygan man won $6 million on $300,000,000 Diamond Riches. It’s the largest prize ever offered on an instant scratch game.

For the 2021 fiscal year, the Michigan Lottery made a record-shattering $1.419 billion contribution to the School Aid Fund.

Over the last three years, the lottery has contributed at least $1 billion to the fund each fiscal year.


John Salley photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery.

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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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