A Macomb County woman says winning a $150,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery was “very shocking.”
Bathsheba Johnson, of St. Clair Shores, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 06-10-15-25-36 PB: 14 – in the June 9 drawing. That usually is a $50,000 prize, but she selected the Powerplay option that multiplied the prize by three, yielding a $150,000 prize. She bought her winning ticket at the Greenfield Sunoco gas station, located at 5074 Greenfield Road in Dearborn.
“I stopped in the Sunoco to check my ticket on Monday morning and I thought the bar code on my ticket was messed up,” said 58-year-old Johnson. “I handed it to the clerk so he could check it and he told me I had a big winner. He gave me a winning number print out and when I saw what I’d matched I was in shock.
“At first, I thought I’d won $50,000. When I realized I had the Powerplay and I’d won $150,000 I said: ‘Whoa, wait a minute here!’ and had to sit down.”
Johnson visited Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay bills and then save the remainder.
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.