Wife screams and cries over her big Michigan lottery win


Brandi Chislett-Barnes with a big check.

Michigan Lottery

A husband and wife who love playing Michigan Lottery’s Wild Time games stopped at a gas station to buy two Ruby Red Wild Time tickets.


Then, once back in their car, Brandi Chislett-Barnes began to scratch off the instant game tickets, according to a March 3 news release from the Michigan Lottery. One of those scratchers was a big winner.


“When I saw I won $500,000, I started screaming and crying,” the 35-year-old woman from Oxford told lottery officials. “I showed my family the winning prize amount and they all started cheering!”


She recently went to claim her prize, officials said, and she plans to use the winnings to buy a home and save.


“Winning this money means everything to our family and came at the perfect time,” Chislett-Barnes said in the release.


The winning ticket was sold at a BP gas station in Oxford, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Detroit.


Caitlin Alanis is a reporter for McClatchy National Real-Time who lives in Kansas. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.

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