A Lansing man was shocked to find out he’d won a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Johnnie Porter Jr., 69, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 09-21-56-57-66 PB:11 – in the August 3 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $100,000. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 3206 West Saginaw Street in Lansing.
“I always purchase a few Powerball tickets when the jackpot gets high,” said Porter Jr. “I was checking my tickets after the drawing and when I saw I’d matched the first few numbers, I thought: ‘At least I won something!’ I continued checking the rest of the numbers and realized I may have won big.
“I took my ticket to a store to check it and got a message to file a claim, so I drove to the nearest Lottery office to see how much I’d won. When they told me the ticket was a $100,000 winner, I was shocked!”
Porter Jr. recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a new vehicle and then save the remainder.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on August 3. One ticket bought in Pennsylvania won the $206.9 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $66 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.