A Wayne County woman had a Powerball ticket for six weeks before realizing she had won a $1 million prize.
Eileen Wickett, of Northville, matched the five white balls in the Feb. 6 drawing to win the big prize: 05-11-22-23-69. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I always play the same sets of numbers and I use the subscription feature so that I don’t miss a drawing,” said Wickett. “I saw an email from the Lottery informing me I’d won a prize, but it didn’t say how much I’d won so I assumed it was a few dollars.
“Since I have a subscription and my tickets are automatically purchased, I didn’t log on to my account for a while. It wasn’t until six weeks after I’d won that I logged into my account and saw a $1 million prize pending. It was such an awesome feeling! I called my kids right away to tell them the good news.”
Wickett recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to complete home improvements, take a vacation, and share with family.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on Feb. 6. One ticket bought in Washington won the $754.6 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $186 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.