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Aggie Usedly, Others, Out as Michigan Lottery Live Hosts

Aggie Usedly out as Michigan Lottery host

For many of us, memories of Aggie Usedly as the “lottery lady” who hosted the Michigan Lottery’s daily-drawing broadcasts, date back to childhood. Usedly, Darryl Wood, and Beth McLeod will soon be replaced by a machine, preloaded with a recorded voice that announces the daily winning numbers.

The reason? The bottom line, of course.

Michigan Lottery Deputy Commissioner Tom Weber says dismissing the longtime personalities will save an estimated $335,000 per year. The three have been hosting the broadcasts for a combined 75 years; Usedly has 35, Wood 25, and McLeod 15.

Usedly told CBS Detroit that it’s a sign of the times. ”They’re just going automated now. (We’re) being replaced by a robot.”

Beginning October 1st, lottery drawings will be done with no on-camera host, but simply a close-up shot of the same ball machines currently in use. Drawings will continue to be live, and air at the same time, and on the same stations they are currently on.

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