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Priest wins $500,000 on Lottery tv game show!Contact: Andi Brancato 517-335-5648Agency: Lottery
"I went out to get ice cream for her celebration and decided on the spur of the moment to buy her a Lottery ticket," he said. The ticket wasn't a winner so Father Andree decided not to give it to his sister. Instead he entered it into the Michigan Lottery's Player's Club Web site for a second chance to win.
Father Andree earned his way onto the Make Me Rich! show by entering a non-winning Tax Free Cash instant game ticket into his Michigan Lottery Player's Club account. The entry made him eligible to be one of the three contestants from the Tax Free Cash entries.
"I was shocked to learn that I was chosen for the game show," said Father Andree.
The good Father was even more flabbergasted when he won the top prize of $500,000 playing "The Eliminator" and "Give or Keep" on the Make Me Rich! game show.
When asked about his plans for the money, Father Andree explained that the funds will all be given to the order of Catholic priests of which he is a member. "I believe it will be used for the nursing and healthcare expenses of senior priests," stated Father Andree, adding that he is overjoyed about the fact that the money he won will help his friends.
Father Andree, who grew up the ninth of 12 siblings in the Detroit area, almost forfeited his chance to win the money.
"I am working on my doctorate in church law and right now I'm assigned to Rome, Italy. I wasn't sure if I would be able to come back for the show, and I considered having one of my sisters stand in for me." Providentially, there was a meeting Father Andree had to attend in the States that coincided with the filming of the game show, so he was able to get permission to come. "I never thought something like this would happen," said Father Andree. "It's been a wonderful experience!"
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