A Kent County man walked around with a Powerball ticket worth $1 million in his wallet for two months before realizing he was a big winner.
Daniel Chase, of Alto, won $1 million when his Powerball ticket matched the five white balls drawn on Dec. 16: 09-10-32-42-55. He bought his lucky ticket at the Speedway convenience store, located at 7950 North Alger Road in Alma. Alto is about 20 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.
“I always put my tickets in my wallet after I buy them and then I’ll check them after I’ve had them for a while,” said Chase. “I like waiting because it lets the dream of being a winner go on a little longer, and this time the dream came true.”
Chase, 53, decided to clean out his wallet last week and that is when he came across three Powerball tickets.
“I checked them on the Lottery’s website and when I saw I had matched five numbers, I thought I was looking at the wrong drawing,” said Chase. “When my wife got home, I had her look at the ticket and when she said she thought it was a winner, we decided to take it to Meijer and scan the ticket.
“When we scanned the ticket, it said to see the clerk. We decided to scan the other tickets to see if they gave the same message, and when they didn’t it started sinking in that we had a big winner.”
It wasn’t until the Chases got back home and read an article on the Lottery’s website about a $1 million winning Powerball ticket being sold in Alma that they really began believe they had won.
“It’s so hard to believe we won $1 million,” said Theresa Chase. “For the last few days, we just look at each other and smile.”
The couple visited Lottery headquarters today to claim the big prize. With their windfall, the Chases plan to help their children, complete some home improvements, and do some traveling with their family.
“This is still sinking in for me, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” Chase said.
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 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.