Happy New Year: Wayne County Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize from the Michigan Lottery

Brian Blust poses for a photo with his wife, Margie, and son after collecting his $1 million Powerball prize.

Brian Blust poses for a photo with his wife, Margie, and son after collecting his $1 million Powerball prize.

A Wayne County man and his family are ready to enjoy 2015 after he won a $1 million prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Powerball game.

Brian Blust, of Canton, won $1 million by matching the first five numbers drawn – 02-11-19-21-42 – in the Nov. 5 Powerball drawing. He bought his lucky ticket at Mitch’s Party Store, located at 37504 Michigan Avenue in Wayne.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked my ticket,” said Blust. “I sent a picture of the ticket to my brother in Ohio and asked him to check it for me. He called me and told me the good news. I still can’t believe I won $1 million!”

Blust regularly plays Mega Millions and Powerball often picking his own numbers and buying his tickets at the same store. As luck would have it, a traffic jam caused him make a fateful stop at Mitch’s Party Store to buy his winning easy pick ticket. He kept the ticket in a safety deposit box at a local bank until visiting the Lottery’s headquarters today to claim his big prize.

“It was a long wait to claim my prize, but I wanted to start the New Year out with a bang,” said Blust.

An avid golfer, Blust plans to take a family vacation and golf trip with his new found wealth and invest the remainder.

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.

The Powerball drawing may be watched live on the Lottery’s network of stations: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV (MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX) and WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8 (ABC). Additionally, the drawing may be watched online at: www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is $131 million.

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