A Jackson man is trying remain calm after winning $150,000 playing Powerball.
Thomas Woodard, 81, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 08-12-25-41-64 PB: 15 – in Saturday’s drawing. That usually is a $50,000 prize, but he selected the Powerplay option that multiplied the prize by three, yielding a $150,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 1780 Clinton in Jackson.
“I checked my ticket at Meijer on Sunday morning and the machine told me to see the retailer,” said Woodard. “I gave the clerk my ticket and she scanned it and said: ‘Tom, you won $50,000, you’ve got to go to Lansing!
“I made an appointment to talk to my bank about the money, and when they looked over the ticket that is when I realized it was actually $150,000!”
Woodard visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Wednesday to claim his prize. With his winnings, the U.S. Navy veteran plans to pay off all of his bills and then save the remainder.
“I’m 81 years old, I can’t get too excited about winning, I don’t want to kick the bucket,” Woodard joked.
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.