Clinton Township man says his ‘heart dropped’ when he won $150K Powerball prize from Michigan Lottery

66-year-old man plans to save winnings

FILE - A display panel advertises tickets for a Powerball drawing at a convenience store, Nov. 7, 2022, in Renfrew, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (Keith Srakocic, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Clinton Township man said his “heart dropped” when he saw he won $150,000 on a Powerball ticket purchased through the Michigan Lottery.

Burke Surratt, 66, matched four white balls and the Powerball (01-33-34-56-59 PB:18) in the April 15 drawing. He won $50,000 but had a Power Play option that multiplied his prize to $150,000. He purchased his winning ticket online.

“I like playing Powerball and Mega Millions, and I usually purchase my tickets online,” he said. “I got an email from the Lottery one day informing me that I had won a prize. I logged in to my account and my heart dropped when I saw a $150,000 prize pending. It was shocking! Me and my wife called our family right away to tell them the big news.”

He recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He plans to save his winnings.

The Powerball jackpot was last won on April 19. A ticket purchased in Ohio won the $252.6 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $190 million.

How to play Powerball

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. the day of the drawing at retailers throughout the state. Tickets also may be purchased online at

Jackpot winners can choose to receive their prize in an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment. Both advertised prize options are before federal and jurisdictional taxes.

If you believe you have a gambling problem, you can call 800-270-7117 or text 248-648-3363 for confidential support.

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