Powerball Jackpot Hits $550 Million

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The smiles, the tears, those are all reactions from people who won big in the past. Wednesday, people lined up again hoping they'll be the one to hit the record Powerball jackpot.

"I would probably buy my mom a house, then I would pay off my bills and then buy me a house," said Mary McDonald.

Regardless of who will be the lucky winner, it's safe to say Michigan is already a winner.

"In terms of revenue for the state, this is really a big win," said Andi Brancato, public relations director for Michigan Lottery.

According to latest numbers, Michigan lottery recorded $13 million in Powerball ticket sales since Saturday night. About 34% goes to the school aid fund, totalling roughly $4.4 million.

"It's a great thing for schools, it's a great thing for the lottery, it's a great thing for retailers who earn a commission when they sell our tickets and when they cash the lottery tickets and of course, the obvious great thing is for the players when someone wins," said Brancato.

Michigan Lottery wants to remind all players to have fun, but play responsibly.

"It is important that people remember the lottery is a game for adults and it's a form of entertainment. If you do not have the money to spend on a lottery ticket you should not buy a lottery ticket," Brancato said.


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