A Michigan Lottery retailer has collected a $50,000 bonus commission for selling a jackpot-winning Powerball ticket.
Julie Leach, of Three Rivers, won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot with a ticket bought at the Three Rivers West Shell gas station, located at 1223 West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers. Leach matched all of the winning numbers drawn in the Sept. 30 Powerball drawing: 21-39-40-55-59 and the Powerball, 17, to win her big prize. The Three Rivers West Shell gas station is owned and operated by Walters-Dimmick Petroleum Inc., located in Marshall.
The Lottery recently presented Mike LaBerteaux, merchandising manager for Walters-Dimmick Petroleum, with an oversized check for $50,000, which represents the bonus commission the company received for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
Leach’s big win marked the third time a Michigan player has won the Powerball jackpot since the state began offering the game in 2010. In 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won $337 million playing the Powerball game. Lawson’s jackpot win holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.
The Team Victory Lottery Club claimed Michigan’s first Powerball jackpot win. The club won a $128.6 million jackpot on Nov. 6, 2010 with a ticket bought at the Uptown Bookstore in Highland Park.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies some non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times may be added to any Powerball play for only $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. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.