Carmen Dolan, of Ovid, won $1 million playing Powerball with a ticket purchased at the Burton Corner’s Party store, located at 6007 West Main Street in Owosso. Dolan matched the first five numbers drawn on April 18 to win her big prize: 13-22-23-29-31.
“I checked my ticket about three weeks after the drawing at a self-scanner,” said Dolan. “I really didn’t know what I had until the clerk told me it was a big winner. When she said it was a $1 million winner, I couldn’t believe it!”
While many people would quietly tuck the ticket away and head home, Dolan finished her shopping before going to her car and calling her husband.
“When I called my husband, he was happy to hear I was still at the store because he needed me to grab a few things,” said Dolan. “After he told me what he needed, we hung up and I went back inside the store. I didn’t end up telling him the good news until I got home.
“When I told him I won, he thought I meant a few bucks. When I said it was a million, he was shocked.”
The Dolans quickly took the winning ticket to a local bank where it stayed in a safe deposit box while they researched financial options. They claimed the $1 million prize today at Lottery headquarters in Lansing.
The Dolans still are determining what to do with their winnings, but one thing is certain: the $1 million won’t change who they are.
“We’ve always lived within our means, and still will. This money will help us live a little more comfortably,” Dolan said.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A Power Play option that multiples non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for just $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and 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: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball.