'Is This Real?': Clinton Township Woman Wins $100K Playing Powerball Online

WWJ News
February 10, 2020 - 9:29 am
lottery winner Barb Brown

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(WWJ) Could it be beginner's luck?

A Macomb County woman matched four of the white balls and the Powerball — 09-12-15-31-60 PB: 02 —  in the Jan. 29 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, her prize was multiplied by two to become $100,000.

She bought her ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.

"I don't play regularly, but saw the jackpot getting up there so I logged on and bought a ticket," said Barb Brown of Clinton Township. "The next day, I was going through my email and had a message stating I had won a prize, but it didn't say how much. 

"I logged in to my account and a pop-up came up that said I won $100,000! My first thought was: 'Is this real?' Me and my husband were both in shock!"

Brown, who visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize, said she plans to save her winnings.

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 $1.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at: powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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Remember, never gamble more than you can afford to lose. Facing a gambling problem can be an overwhelming experience, and those who get in over their heads feel like there is no way out. If you need help, call the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-270-7117.