Winning $350,000 on the Michigan Lottery's The Big Spin show is going to be "life changing" for a Mecosta County man.
Donald Bassett, 54, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Bassett was selected to participate in the show after entering non-winning The Big Spin tickets at MIBigSpin.com.
"The drawing took place on my birthday and when I didn't get a call that day I thought: 'Man, I didn't win!'" said Bassett. "The next day I answered a call from a number I didn't recognize and it was a woman from the Lottery telling me I had been selected to be on the show!
"I'm so excited to win a life changing amount of money. I'm going to live debt-free and put the rest away for my retirement in two years."
Bassett was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. Ten more players will be selected to participate on The Big Spin show. Additional The Big Spin second chance drawings are scheduled to take place on Oct. 31 and Jan. 2, 2020.
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.
Twenty players will be selected to appear on the Lottery's The Big Spin televised events, which 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 $14 million playing The Big Spin. More than $61 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 115 $1,000 prizes.
In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery's 10,500 retailers across the state.