St. Joseph County Man Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize

Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents Stephen Strickland with a check for $100,000.

Michigan Lottery Commissioner, Aric Nesbitt, presents Stephen Strickland with a check for $100,000.

A St. Joseph County man felt like “something wasn’t right” after scanning his Powerball ticket and getting a “see retailer” message. So he checked the numbers online and learned he’d won $100,000.

Stephen Strickland, of Constantine, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 24-45-55-56-57 PB: 19 – in Saturday’s drawing that usually is a $50,000 win, but with a two times Powerplay, his prize was multiplied by two, yielding a $100,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Jit Food and Gas, located at 130 North Washington Street in Constantine.

“I had to pull my car over because I just couldn’t believe I won $100,000,” said the 34-year-old Strickland. “I had to call a buddy and have him get online and check to make sure I was reading everything right.

“Before, I didn’t always add the Powerplay, but I will be from now on, that’s for sure!”

Strickland's winning Powerball ticket.

Strickland’s winning Powerball ticket.

Strickland visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills and take his family on a cruise.

“I feel ecstatic! I have no idea what it’s like to have this much money, but I’m about to find out,” Strickland 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.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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