A Shiawassee County man thought he’d logged in to the wrong online account when he saw he’d won $100,000 from the Michigan Lottery playing Powerball.
Mike Hanley, of Perry, matched four of the white balls drawn on July 29 – 01-28-40-45-48 – to win the big prize. Hanley bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I was at a wedding with my wife on Saturday, and since she was in the wedding, I was sitting alone before dinner,” said the 35-year-old Hanley. “Since the Powerball jackpot was up pretty high, I decided to buy a ticket online.
“The next morning I logged into my account. When I saw I had won $100,000 I thought I had done something wrong or somehow logged in to the wrong account.”
Hanley quickly shared the good news with his wife, Mollie, who was skeptical.
“I thought for sure he was playing a joke on me,” said Mollie. “It wouldn’t be unlike him at all to joke around about winning the Lottery, so it took me a little while before I was convinced.”
Hanley visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills, including Mollie’s student loan, and donate to charity.
“It’s a phenomenal feeling to win and have personal financial freedom,” Hanley said.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each online at MichiganLottery.com and at Lottery retailers across the state. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
In 2016, Michigan Lottery players won nearly $100 million playing Powerball.