A sleepless night led a Rochester woman to finding out she was the winner of a $500,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Deborah Bates, 65, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 36-51-59-66-68 PB:25 – in the Dec. 14 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $500,000. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I play Powerball every once in a while, and usually check the results the morning after the drawing,” said Bates. “I couldn’t sleep one night, so I was playing on my phone, when an email from the Lottery came through that said: ‘Your winnings have arrived.’
“When I logged in to my Lottery account and saw my account balance was $500,000, I couldn’t believe it! I woke my husband up and had him look everything over to make sure it was real. It still hasn’t sunk in that I won!”
Bates recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She plans to save her winnings.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on Nov. 19. One ticket bought in Kansas won the $93 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $473 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.