A Kalamazoo man has financial peace of mind after winning $100,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Powerball game.
Gunther Hega, 57, matched four of the white balls and the Powerball – 01-19-31-48-61 PB: 06 – in the July 27 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, his prize was multiplied by two for a $100,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I play a little bit on the online draw games each week,” said Hega. “I’ve won some small prizes, and usually get notified they were transferred to my account. On Sunday, I got an email saying I needed to visit the Lottery office to make a claim. At first, I thought it could be a hoax.
“After double checking my numbers, I realized what I was reading was the real deal: I had won $100,000!”
Hega visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. With his winnings he plans to complete some home repairs, donate to charity, and then invest the remainder.
“Winning makes everything easier. It’s a relief to know that I can take care of some things at my home before I retire,” Hega said.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.