A Kent County man had a sleepless night after winning a $150,000 Powerball
prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Joseph Bessert, of Walker, matched the four white balls – 11-29-30-47-53 – in the Jan. 24 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $150,000. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I like to play the draw games that are available online,” said Bessert. “I bought a couple tickets while I was on the site one day and forgot that I’d purchased a Powerball
ticket. When I logged in to my account and saw a notification for a $150,000 prize, I was shocked and overwhelmed. I woke my wife up right away to tell her and neither of us could sleep that night!”
Bessert, 58, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay off his home and complete some home renovations.
“You never expect to win big, so now that I actually have, I can’t believe it,” Bessert said.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on Jan. 5. Two winning tickets were bought in California and Wisconsin, respectively, and split a $632.6 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $147 million.
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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, 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.