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GM SUPERVISOR FROM DETROIT BECOMES 7TH PLAYER IN NINE WEEKS TO WIN $50,000 TOP PRIZE ON 'MEGABUCKS GIVEAWAY'

 GM SUPERVISOR FROM DETROIT BECOMES 7TH PLAYER IN NINE WEEKS TO WIN
 $50,000 TOP PRIZE ON 'MEGABUCKS GIVEAWAY'
 /ADVANCE/DETROIT, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Peppers' year got off to a less than auspicious start. By the end of March, he had ruptured a disc, pinched a nerve, ruptured his appendix and missed four weeks of work.
 Then his luck began to change. In April he won $1,200 in the Lottery's Daily 3 game. The good luck continued Saturday night when the General Motors supervisor from Detroit became the seventh player in nine weeks to win the $50,000 top prize on the Michigan Lottery's weekly TV game show, "Megabucks Giveaway."
 "I'm going to Vegas to keep this good luck rolling," Peppers, 49, said afterward. "I was hoping I'd win the $50,000, but I was afraid to even think about it before the show."
 Peppers won the $50,000 by accumulating the most money, $1,000, during the game's four rounds. To win the $50,000, he then had to choose the correct key from among four choices to open the Megabucks vault. In the third round, Peppers had found a Bonus card behind one of the letters on the FORTUNE game board, giving him an extra chance at the safe. He didn't need it. On his first attempt, he selected key No. 3 and watched as hostess Aggie Usedly turned the safe's lock into the open position.
 "It was a pretty rough year initially, but things have really turned around," said the father of two. "This $50,000 is really a blessing. It will make things easier on my family, and that's important."
 In addition to the $50,000 Peppers won, Lorraine Cole, 41, of Detroit, and Matthew Plese, 68, of Lansing, whose wife Doris played for him, each won $900; Pat Jasmer, 40, of Garden City, and Percy Beechler, 71, of Saginaw, each won $800; and George Wettlaufer, 66, of Commerce Township won $700.
 New contestants who will appear on the Saturday, Oct. 3, show include: Al Tuller of Livonia, Nancy Wares of Flint, Paul Sylva of Milford, Demetria A. Johnson of Detroit, Sandra Middleditch of Flushing, and Hester Raein of Taylor.
 During the show, hosts Chuck Gaidica and Usedly announced a second- chance 20th Anniversary Promotion for instant game players. Every Saturday from Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, a random drawing will be held to select five winners of $500 each. To enter, players must send in three non-winning 20th Anniversary instant tickets. Entries are only good for the week in which they are received, and must be received by Nov. 10 to be included in the final drawing.
 All Megabucks contestants can look forward to full "star" treatment including an overnight stay at the Omni International Hotel, VIP Limousine Service for travels around Detroit, and a special luncheon at The Whitney restaurant.
 Before the show, each will visit a television makeup artist and be photographed with the show's hosts. Entering the studio, they'll be greeted by the show's live audience, including family and friends they've invited to attend the taping.
 The weekly show stems from the Michigan Lottery's instant games. To appear on "Megabucks Giveaway," players must send three non-winning tickets, one from each of three different instant games.
 "Megabucks Giveaway" was taped on Friday at WDIV-TV (Ch. 4) studios in Detroit. Unless pre-empted, it is scheduled for broadcast Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with live drawings of the Daily 3, Daily 4 and Lotto games inserted. The half-hour show is fed by satellite to a statewide network of seven other stations. These include WBKB-TV (Ch. 11) in Alpena; WEYI-TV (Ch. 25) in Flint; WOTV-TV (Ch. 41) in Battle Creek; WLAJ-TV (Ch. 53) in Lansing and Jackson; WLUC-TV (Ch. 6) in Marquette; WGTU-TV (Ch. 29) in Traverse City; and WGTQ-TV (Ch. 8) in Sault Ste. Marie.
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 /CONTACT: Kerry McNulty of the Michigan Lottery, 517-335-5648, after 8 a.m. Monday/ CO: Michigan Lottery ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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