What a Saginaw woman thought was a $50,000 prize ended up being a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
The lucky player, Cheryl Marx, matched four white balls and the Powerball – 02-31-45-46-49 PB:20 – in the June 5 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $100,000. She bought her winning ticket at Tobacco & Liquor 1, located at 7570 Gratiot Road in Saginaw.
“I like to play Powerball and Mega Millions when the jackpot gets over $100 million,” said Marx. “The morning after the drawing, I called the winning numbers hotline and wrote down the winning Powerball numbers. When I looked my ticket over, I thought I’d won $50,000 and I was thrilled!
“I took my ticket to the Lottery office in Saginaw to cash it, and when they told me it was actually a $100,000 winner, I was a wreck. I was so excited about winning that I forgot I added the Power Play to my ticket. I am still in disbelief that I won $100,000!”
Marx recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to complete some home improvements and help her family.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on April 19. One ticket bought in Ohio won the $252.6 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $366 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.