One lucky winner in Michigan is waking up this morning with some serious financial stability.
Going into Saturday's drawing, the Powerball lottery jackpot sat at $300 million, but when there wasn't a winning ticket that night, it rolled up to $320 million. By Wednesday night, just a couple of hours before the numbers were drawn, the jackpot shot to $337 million.
The winning numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51, 56, and the Powerball was 21.
Unfortunately, nobody from Greenfield won the big prize. At least, we don't think so -- we don't know who the winner is yet.
The winner hasn't come forward and probably won't for a couple of days, but according to a story from CNN.com, the golden ticket was sold at a Sunoco station in Lapeer, MI. The small town is located about 45 miles south of Detroit.
When a reporter with seattlepi.com called the gas station about the ticket, the person who answered the phone was too busy, he said, to talk. The gas station will get a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket there.
If the winner takes the lump sum, they'll net $241 million before taxes, still a nice chunk of change. The Powerball website lists a $2 million Power Play winner in Nebraska and eight, $1 million Match 5 winners in Indiana, Kansas, Kentuscky, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Here in Wisconsin, some 49,823 people hold a winning ticket in some fashion, including:
- Match 4 + Powerball = 1
- Match 4 = 66
- Match 3 + Powerball = 107
- Match 3 = 3,842
- Match 2 + Powerball = 1,932
- Match 1 + Powerball = 12,913
- Match Powerball only = 26,789
When asked what they would do with the money if they won, Greenfield Patch Facebook fans responsed like this:
- Hope Carol Langhoff: Share it with my family and my favorite Patch editor
- Adrianna Jewell: Pay off bills, buy a house and 2 good vehicles and put me and my husband through school, save the rest...
- Patch book blogger Jenna Czaplewski: Make the screened-in porch a library. :)
There are 42 states, including Wisconsin and Illinois, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands that participate in Powerball.
And while $337 million is a huge jackpot, it pales in comparison to the record-setting $656 million MegaMillions payout that went to three winning ticket-holders back in March.