Waterford Man Wins $2 Million Michigan Lottery Prize On The Big Spin Show

Written By Drew Ellis on November 16, 2022 - Last Updated on November 21, 2022
The Big Spin Winner

An Oakland County man won $2 million on the Michigan Lottery’s The Big Spin show.

Walt Belcher, 71, was one of five players randomly selected to spin the prize wheel.

In a televised show hosted by former Detroit Piston John Salley, Belcher won the top prize of $2 million.

The Big Spin pays off for Belcher

Belcher, of Waterford, received the opportunity to spin the prize wheel by entering in his losing tickets from the The Big Spin instant scratch off game.

Losing tickets of the $10 game offered a “Spin Code” that players could submit at MIBigSpin.com to be entered into a random drawing to spin the prize wheel on television.

Belcher was one of five selected during this period to spin the wheel, which included prizes ranging from $100,000 to $2 million.

“I still can’t believe that I had the chance to be on The Big Spin show,” Belcher said in a press release. “I entered lots of tickets, but I never thought I would actually be chosen.”

Belcher landed on the maximum prize during his spin and opted to take a $1.3 million lump sum as opposed to 30 annuity payments for the full total.

“When the wheel stopped on the $2 million prize, I was blown away! All of this has been such a blessing and I feel very fortunate,” he said. “It still hasn’t sunk in that I won, so I haven’t decided what I will do with the money yet. All I can say right now is that it pays off to enter your losing tickets.”

You can watch Belcher’s spin here.

Two more drawings for Michigan Lottery Big Spin game remain

The Michigan Lottery is doing a total of four drawings of five players on The Big Spin television show.

Each player will spin the wheel and win at least $100,000.

After each drawing, the entry pool is reset. A new entry will be required to be eligible for The Big Spin.

The first drawing took place on Sept. 28, and two more remain. One will be held on Dec. 28 and the other on March 1.

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.

Big Spin Ticket still offers big prizes

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 instant game, which launched in September.

More than $64 million in prizes remain on the instant game. Including in the remaining prizes is three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 134 $1,000 prizes.

John Salley hosting Michigan Lottery The Big Spin Show

Along with spinning the prize wheel, all 20 lucky winners will also get to meet John Salley, who plays host to the televised version of The Big Spin.

Salley is a four-time NBA champion and two-time champ with the Detroit Pistons.

“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,” said Jake Harris, Player Relations Manager of the Michigan Lottery.

Standing 6-foot-11, the former Piston forced the Michigan Lottery to place the spin wheel on a riser in order to fit on screen with Salley.

Salley will interact with each spinner prior to and after their spin of the wheel.


Photo courtesty of the Michigan Lottery.

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Drew Ellis is currently the Lead Writer of PlayILottery.com. He was the former 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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