Aggie gets Usedly, unofficial queen of Michigan Lottery dies

Aggie gets Usedly, unofficial queen of Michigan Lottery dies


TV host Aggie Usedly recommends a competitor who won $ 400 dollars in 1999. (Photo: William Archie, Detroit Free Press)

Aggie was Usedly as a household name for Detroit TV viewers.

Her method was always friendly and insensitive, and her smile was as hot as a million dollar jackpot.

The veteran personality of the air has died at 79, a story posted on Monday night on the station's ClickOnDetroit website. No date or cause was given for her death.

He spent more than 30 years as host of the Michigan Lottery. She is remembered locally for the daily drawing items hosted in the Detroit metro on WDIV-TV (Local 4) hosted between "Fortune Wheel" and "Disease!"

She also worked for almost a decade with former WDIV meteorologist, Chuck Gaidica, on two weekly lottery shows, "Megabucks Giveaway" and "The Road to Riches." When the contestants won, she broke. When they weren't, she seemed as disappointed as they were.

According to Gaidica she made the job fun. "She was always looking for a way to reduce the team. She was just inside and outside," he said with ClickOnDetroit.

In 2012, the audience found that Beth McLeod and Darryl Wood, the host of the lottery and host of the lottery, were no longer putting the numbers on television. "They are just going automated now. (We are) being represented by a robot," she was mentioned as she said on Detroit's CBS website.

In 1999, Usedly spoke to the Free Press about her life and her career, describing herself as "hometown of home."

Miss Czechoslovak immigrants, she grew up in Dearborn and told her mother as a little girl that she wanted to be a "moving star," to pronounce a movie star.

Agnes was her first name, Anezka in Czechoslovakia. She remembered how she said one night in the air, "Hello, I'm Agnes Usedly …" and I got through a phone call asking if she forgot her name.

They started modeling at 17, spending more than 20 years showing cars at auto shows. She listened as a CKLW traffic reporter but lost that job to local radio icon Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor.

She got the lottery job in 1977. The first night she was on television, she remembered that she had a friend waiting for her mother, who was ill and was not expected to survive long. When she came home, I walked into the door and my mother looked at me and I said, 'I told you that you were a moving star! "

Her mother died a week later.

She asked her job title, she said, "Good question … lottery spokesman? Hostel of the lottery? Most of the people just say the lottery woman." That 's the biggest thing I get the time of hello, lottery woman!

Describing how she was the Detroit version of Vanna White's “Wheel of Fortune” envoy letters, she was pure Aggie.

"It's a good thing. I think I'm a ham in the heart. I don't think it is recognized, even if I don't make my make. Most people are very nice, nice and they start telling their stories I'm in my living room five or six nights a week When we meet competitors on Friday, only a few are just coming up and starting to stop me. "

He did not briefly talk about the time she made news in 1995 by reading the wrong number on air for a multi-million dollar lottery drawing. "I felt terrible," she said. "I got home and I had phone calls from every newspaper you can imagine. At 6:30 in the morning, I woke up and I was talking on the phone to my sister in Florida and I'm staring into my kitchen and I am looking out at the window and there is a man who has a hand-held camera on his shoulder, and someone was hitting on my door. Channel 7 was taken on my back and they stayed there for three times. "

She also did not feel her ongoing efforts to lose a few pounds and the plastic surgery she had done on her eyelids, which prompted her television role.

Ultimately, she knew that appearances were not the most important thing in life. "Your body changes. I have a constant battle to keep my weight. But I am not very worried about it. I am comfortable with the person I have."

So, the audience of Detroit audiences who took it as a television television that felt more than a local friend was a local star.

Contact Detroit Free Press the pop culture critic Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or

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