BLANCHARD — A Blanchard resident who does not usually play the lottery was Wednesday’s $1 million Powerball winner.
Kristen Martin claimed her $1 million lottery winnings Friday after realizing she had the winning ticket.
The ticket was purchased at Goldsworthy’s Inc. (Marathon station three), located at 6993 W. Blanchard Road, and employees were full of excitement on Thursday as they found out the news and waited to see who the winner was.
The employees were hoping it would be someone local.
Michigan Lottery Director of Public Relations Andi Brancato said in a press release Martin bought the ticket on a whim Wednesday as she did not typically play, and enlisted the help of the clerks at the station.
However, after purchasing five tickets, Martin sat the tickets aside and forgot about them until Thursday.
“When Martin told her husband of a dream that she had four winning numbers he reminded her that she had to actually play to win,” Brancato said in the release. “That is when she revealed that she had bought tickets.”
Soon the Martins learned the winning ticket had been sold in Blanchard and Kristen Martin received a call from her 19-year-old daughter saying she checked the tickets and she had matched the five numbers.
“The Martins are going to be conscientious with their new funds, planning responsible choices like paying off bills, and maybe even springing for a new car,” the statement said.
Brancato said on Thursday, once the prize was claimed, Goldsworthy’s Inc., would receive a commission of $5,000.
Recently, on May 11, Robin McCarty of Paw Paw matched five of the Powerball numbers and also received $1 million.
According to the Powerball website, the odds of winning the grand prize for the Powerball are one in about 175, 223,510. The odds of winning the second prize ($1 million) is 1 in 5,153,632.65 and the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 31.85.
Because no one matched the power ball, the estimated jackpot is $475,000,000 (a $302.4 million cash value), which will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday.