Ken Belcher, of Grand Blanc, matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball – 02-28-31-44-52, PB: 18 – in the Feb. 27 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied to $150,000. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com
“I like to play Club Keno and one day when I was checking my numbers, I decided to buy a subscription for Powerball,” said Belcher. “I hit the $150,000 on the next drawing, so I got in at just the right time!
“You play for all these years and win a little here and there, and then one random decision to buy a subscription leads to a huge win! It’s unbelievable!”
Online players may sign up for a subscription for Fantasy 5, Lotto 47, Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, and Powerball. To sign up, players just need to toggle the subscribe option to “yes” in their account when making a purchase of a jackpot game. Players can select the number of tickets they wish to purchase for each drawing, their numbers, and any add-ons. The subscription will automatically renew weekly, but a player can cancel anytime.
Belcher visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He plans to invest his winnings.
“This isn’t a life changing amount of money, but it will definitely be great to put a little extra away for a more comfortable retirement,” Belcher 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 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.