Michael Doyle, of Belleville, matched the five white balls drawn – 06-21-41-52-62 – in Saturday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Belleville Fuel Mart, located at 496 Main Street in Belleville.
“I made my normal stop on Friday to get my Lottery tickets for the weekend,” said Doyle. “I asked the clerk for five Mega Millions Easy Picks and four Powerball Easy picks, put the tickets in my wallet and didn’t think about them again.
“The next day, I stopped to get gas on my way to a friend’s house and when I opened my wallet to pay for the gas my Lottery tickets fell out. That’s when I saw I had Lotto 47 tickets instead of Powerball. So, I asked the clerk at the gas station for four Powerball Easy Picks.”
Doyle’s observation led to him winning a $1 million Powerball prize in Saturday night’s drawing.
“On Tuesday, I heard on the news that someone had won $1 million with a ticket bought in Belleville,” said Doyle. “I immediately checked my tickets and have been happy and nervous ever since I realized I was the winner because $1 million is so much money!”
The 58-year-old Doyle visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new vehicle and then use the remainder to retire.
“For all of the times we’ve said: ‘We wish we could,’ but didn’t have the money, now we can,” Doyle said.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday 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.