Lottery player from Commerce Twp. claims Powerball prize

LANSING, August 15, 2011 – Randall Thomas from Commerce Township was the lucky winner of $200,000 after purchasing a Powerball ticket for the August 10 drawing.

Randall walked into the party store where he often buys Lottery tickets and the store clerk asked to see his tickets because she knew someone had purchased a big winner from her store. After checking the tickets, she whispered to him that he had won!

When asked about any special plans for the money Randall stated that he would “be smart with it.”

The winning easy-pick ticket was purchased at Oakley Liquor and Deli, 1215 W. Oakley Park Rd. in Commerce Township.

Over 94 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2010, the contribution to schools was $701.3 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

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