Three lucky Michigan Lottery players won $1 million during Saturday’s Powerball drawing.
The lucky tickets were sold at the Pilot Travel Center in Dexter, the Meijer store on S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills and the Speedway gas station on Washington Avenue in Holland.
The three players matched the five winning numbers – 16-19-32-34-57 – to win $1 million.
Imari Shelton, 19, who won $1 million in Holland said she wasn't even sure how to play, so she had to ask her mom for help.
“When I woke up on Sunday, my mom told me that someone who had bought a Powerball ticket at the Speedway had won $1 million,” said Shelton. “As soon as I heard that, I grabbed my ticket and started checking the numbers. When I saw I matched five numbers, I started shaking. I asked my mom what it meant if I matched five numbers and she thought I was joking. After she looked at my ticket with me, we both started screaming.”
Her winning ticket had a Powerball of 10, just three numbers off from the Powerball that was drawn (13).
“I am a student working and eventually want to earn a law degree and become a lawyer,” said Shelton. “This money will help make that dream a reality for me.”
In addition to using her newfound wealth for school, Shelton also plans to save a portion and buy some Powerball tickets for Wednesday night’s drawing.
“Winning $1 million feels unreal and I don’t know how to describe it, but winning $1.3 billion would be mind-blowing,” Shelton said.
The winning jackpot ticket was not sold for Saturday’s drawing and the jackpot is now at $1.4 billion. That’s the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
The previous record for a U.S. lottery jackpot was $656 million. That Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 30, 2012, and split between three winning tickets (Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland).
The next chance to win the jackpot is Wednesday. You can catch the numbers here on WNEM TV5 during our 11 p.m. news.
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