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Powerball Hits Record Jackpot

The nationwide Powerball lottery hit a record $550 million jackpot before two winning tickets were sold.

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KENTWOOD, Mich – It was a huge jackpot that caused a buying frenzy for lottery tickets across the US. Winners in both Arizona and Missouri will be splitting that record Powerball prize of nearly 580 million dollars. In all, lottery officials say about nine million people won some sort of prize in last night’s drawing.

Of those winners, a big prize came to someone right here in West Michigan.  Someone purchased a million dollar winning ticket from the East Paris Discount Liquor Store in Kentwood. Owner Tania Azer says Wednesday the lottery print-out machines were burning through paper like never before. “Our lottery sales quadrupled,” says Azer.

At times during the day, the line started back at the ATM in the far back corner of the store. Then, clerks say it wound through a couple of aisles. However,it didn’t take long to purchase a ticket. At least three employees were on staff getting customer’s tickets printed and back through the door in about 10 minutes.

Azer says the folks that came through the door Wednesday contributed to more than $7,000 in Lotto sales in the East Paris Discount Liquor store alone.

“I bought approx 10 to 12 tickets, says Bruce Smith, a regular lottery customer at the store.

Smith and other who had purchased tickets during the frenzy were checking them feverishly Thursday when they found out the store was a winner.

“My daughter actually called me this morning because she knew there was a winning ticket here and she knows i play here all the time,” says Smith. “I checked my tickets about 6:30 this morning, there was no winners but it was a good experience.”

The store is known for luck, selling a Fantasy Five winner about a month ago and a 17 million dollar winner in 2002. Owner Tania Azer says they get a maximum reward of $2,000 for each winning ticket. That brings the store’s total to about $6,000 for all of their winning tickets sold over the years.

Some states allow their winning stores a bigger take. Azer says if the ticket had been a winner in Illinois, they would get 2% or around $20,000.

The biggest win for the store could be return customers like Smith who is hopeful the million dollar reputation rubs off on him.

Lotto officials in Lansing indicated they’d heard from at least one of the big winners in Michigan. However, it’s not clear whether it was the person who won at the Kentwood store or the other winner from the east side of the state.

The Michigan Lottery office says they can’t release any information until the winners actually claim the prize money.

KENTWOOD, Mich. – A local store is excited about selling a ticket that won $1 million in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.

The store that sold the ticket is East Paris Discount Liqour. “It’s very exciting to have sold the ticket here,” said Tania Azer, Store owner.

This isn’t the first time the store has sold a big winning ticket. Azer said, “At this location in 2002. There was a 17 million dollar mega millions winner and last month there was a $110,000 Fantasy Five Winner.”

Lottery ticket buyers have any rituals you notice they do when they come in?

Lottery ticket buyers are no stranger to ritual, Azer has noticed a few of them over the past few days leading to the Powerball drawing.

“Some customers want all their tickets. They’ll pay for like $10.00 in tickets and they want them all on separate tickets. They want easy picks and then the separate tickets. They’ll play their own numbers and there are, everyone has their own little ritual, but the majority of people play easy picks. They just have the machine pick the numbers,” said Azer

The Powerball jackpot has been drawn, and there are jackpot winners in both Arizona and Missouri. A ticket was sold at East Paris Discount Liquor in Kentwood that matches five of six numbers, and wins $1 million. A second million-dollar ticket was also sold in Michigan, this time at the CVS on Ford Road in Dearborn.

The numbers are

  • 5
  • 23
  • 16
  • 22
  • 29

The Powerball is 6.

By the time of the drawing, the jackpot had reached an estimated $579 million prize.

Other states selling $1-million-winning tickets include

  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

What are the Odds?

Your odds of winning Wednesday’s Powerball were 175 million to one.

FOX 17 did some checking and found out that you have a better chance, actually 10 million to one that you could be President of the United States. Have you ever considered being an astronaut? Your odds are 12.1 million to one that could happen.

“I’m not an astronaut, that’s not for me, I’d take the chance of winning the lottery first, they don’t want me there on the moon, I’d mess them up.” Paul Cummings of Belding said.


Other items that made the list include dying from being left-handed and writing a New York Times Best Seller.

KENT COUNTY, Mich. – There is nothing like a record $550 million Powerball jackpot flashing in our eyes to get us back in line again and shelling out cash.

At Party World in Alpine Township, the lines and parking lot were packed all day Wednesday. Men, women, seniors, the FedEx guy. All rushing in to buy a ticket on the day of the drawing.

Some are newcomers and others are regular gamblers with strategy.

“I use birthdays for me, people close to me, immediate family, and maybe and ex-girlfriend or two, I don’t know how lucky that is,” laughs Sam Roka with tickets in hand.

The Powerball includes 42 states and D.C. and is the second highest in lottery history.

So what would you do if you actually won?

“I would make sure my grandchildren and my sons were all taken care and could afford college if they wanted to go,” said  Rhonda Randow, who bought a ticket Wednesday afternoon.

“I would buy my own business, heating and cooling,” said Jeff Nelson from Grand Rapids.

Own a business, pay off debt, help the kids, take a trip, and give to charity were just a few of the reasons for buying a ticket.

The odds aren’t in your favor coming out to one in 175 million, however, Michigan will still get a portion of money.

For every dollar spent on a ticket, 30 cents of that goes towards Michigan’s education fund. The rest goes to pay for prizes, commissions, and vendors.

This year alone, lottery sales generated $770 million in revenue for Michigan education.

Since 1972, The Michigan Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to the fund. So even if you’re not a winner, your state gets some of the cash.

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is at 10:59 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Yesterday’s new record of $425 Million for The Powerball Jackpot broke itself by $75 million overnight.

If you haven’t bought a ticket yet for the record-breaking Powerball Jackpot, there’s still time.

No one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing, November 24. However, one person did match a few numbers winning one million dollars.

The numbers have rolled over for the fifteenth straight time sending the jackpot to a new record of  $425 million as of November 26. The largest Powerball payout went to eight Nebraska co-workers in 2006; who won $365 million.

On November 27, the jackpot reached an even higher record of $500 million.

There’s a pretty slim chance you’ll win, the odds are at one in $175 million. The drawing is Wednesday night, November 28.