Detroit Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

"I'm so glad I listened to my mom!"

WWJ News
January 03, 2020 - 10:25 am
Shatarra Johnson

Shatarra Johnson (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

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(WWJ) There's a brand new millionaire in Detroit. 

Officials with the Michigan Lottery have announced that 30-year-old Shatarra Johnson, a Detroit resident, matched the five white balls drawn - 02-04-16-30-46 - in the Dec. 25 drawing to win a $1 million prize.

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The winning ticket. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)
She bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 21701 Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores.

"I was out shopping with my mom, and she kept suggesting I buy a ticket," said Johnson. "We were passing a 7-Eleven, and even though I was feeling pretty tired, I pulled in and bought a ticket.

"I didn't think much about it after that. The night of the drawing, I laid down in my bed for the night and I remembered I had a ticket for the Powerball drawing that night. I got out of bed and checked my ticket and with each number I read, I got more excited. When I realized I won $1 million, I was shocked!"

Johnson visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim her big prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her student loans, take a vacation with her mom, and then save the remainder.

"Winning and knowing I can pay off my student loans takes a lot of stress off me. I'm so glad I listened to my mom!" she 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 this link. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to vendors and retailers. In the 2018 fiscal year, officials say the Lottery provided more than $941.3 million for Michigan's public schools. 

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