LANSING, Mich. – A Royal Oak woman is still in a daze after winning a $500,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Deborah Berschbach, 54, matched the five white balls – 14-22-38-56-60– in the May 7 Powerball Double Play drawing to win a $500,000 prize. She bought her winning ticket at Star Market, located at 1806 West 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak.
“I stopped and purchased a ticket before heading to our cottage for the weekend,” said Berschbach. “On our way home Sunday, I got the ticket out to check it, and my husband said: ‘Wouldn’t it be something if you won big for Mother's Day?’
“When I scanned the ticket on the Lottery app and the amount of $500,000 came up on the screen, we couldn’t believe it. We both looked the ticket over what seemed like 100 times. We were shaking the whole way home!”
Berschbach visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim her prize. With her winnings, she plans to pay off her home and then save the remainder.
“It still hasn’t sunk in that we won, and it feels like we are in a daze! Winning is overwhelming in the best way possible,” said Berschbach.
The Powerball jackpot was last won on April 27. One ticket bought in Arizona won the $473.1 million jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $83 million.
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. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.