Teachers all over Ohio are getting ready to head back to the classroom, and some of them are already there. One teacher is heading back with a big smile on his face thanks to the Ohio Lottery’s Top Prize Drawing crew.
The TPD crew surprised Michael Malec of Newburgh Heights with a check for $100,000! Michael won $5,500 and an entry into the top prize drawing on a Wheel of Fortune instant ticket he purchased last year at Newburgh Marathon. There were 30 contestants in the drawing, and Michael was the lucky top prize winner!
Michael’s sister helped the TPD crew set up the surprise by getting him to have a cookout in the back yard. She invited some friends and family, never telling any of them about the big surprise that was coming!
The TPD crew walked into the back yard with a giant cardboard cutout of Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White and a giant check for $100,000! Michael was stunned, asking quickly,”is this a joke?”
Michael used his initial $5,500 prize on home improvements, but he doesn’t have a plan yet for his top prize.