LANSING, Mich. – A Belleville man has a feeling of "safety" for the future after winning a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Thomas McIntyre, 64, matched four of the white balls and the Powerball – 12-29-34-53-65 PB: 23 – in the Oct. 12 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, his prize was multiplied by two for a $100,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
"I checked my email the day after the drawing and saw I had an email that said: ‘How to Claim Your Prize,'" said McIntyre. "Usually when you win online, the money just goes into your account, so I knew something different was going on.
"When I opened the email, my jaw dropped, and I said: ‘Oh my God!' I instantly called my mother to tell her the good news!"
McIntyre visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his prize. He plans to invest his winnings.
"Winning is an amazing feeling and gives me a feeling of safety for my future," McIntyre said.
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.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.