Members of a Calhoun County lottery club who have been playing the lottery together for 14 years have won a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
The four-person Blessed lottery club matched four white balls and the Powerball – 09-35-54-63-64, PB: 01 – in the Oct. 4 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Power Play, the prize was multiplied to $100,000. The winning ticket was bought at Wyoming Gas and More, located at 8820 Wyoming Street in Detroit.
“Me and a few coworkers started a Lottery club about 14 years ago and we have been playing together ever since,” said the club’s representative, Fredrick Richardson Jr. “One club member buys tickets to cover drawings for an entire month and then lets the other club members know if we win anything.
“A club member sent me a picture of our Powerball ticket saying we won $100,000, but I didn’t think it was real at first. Once I looked up the winning numbers, I realized we really did win! We all feel so blessed. It hasn’t sunk in for any of us quite yet, but once the money is in the bank, I think it will start to feel real.”
The club recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim their prize. With their winnings, they each plan to pay bills and then save the remainder.
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.