BLANCHARD — Employees at a gas station in Blanchard are celebrating after discovering they sold a $1 million Powerball ticket Thursday — the only ticket to match five numbers.
Employees at Goldsworthy’s Inc. (Marathon station three), located at 6993 W. Blanchard Road, are full of excitement as they wait to see who the winning ticket belongs to.
“It’s very, very exciting for us,” said Cayla Pierce, an employee at the gas station. “We are hoping it’s someone local.”
Pierce said the news is exciting for the business, because something like this is not normal for the little town.
“We are in the middle of nowhere and it’s exciting to have it happen,” she said.
Before Thursday night’s winning ticket was sold, the business had sold another winning ticket that was for $500.
Director of Public Relations for the Michigan Lottery Andi Brancato said the person with the winning ticket will need to call the lottery office in Lansing and verify over the phone that they have the ticket. From there an appointment will be scheduled for the winner to come to Lansing — again to verify the ticket — and then receive a check.
Once the prize is claimed, Goldsworthy’s will receive a $5,000 commission.
“It’s a redemption prize,” Brancato said. “If the prize is not claimed, the retailer will not get the commission.”
The winner of the ticket has one year from the draw date to claim the prize.
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.