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A Michigan resident claimed the single winning ticket for the Powerball drawing held on 12th February worth $70 million.
Cristy Davis, 40, of Waterford, made an impromptu decision of buying some lottery tickets from Huron Plaza Liquor Store on West Huron Street in Pontiac. Her winning ticket matched all the numbers drawn - 14, 47, 54, 55, and 68, with Powerball number 25. The winning grandmom decided not to receive the prize money as annual payments over 30 years and instead chose a one-time lump-sum payout of about $36 million after the tax deductions.
The jackpot win means a lot to Davis and her family. She will not have to rely on paychecks anymore and can comfortably live for a very long time.
It was a close friend of Davis who alerted her over FaceTime to check her lottery ticket numbers, as the winning Powerball ticket was bought from Huron Plaza Liquor Store. Davis immediately hung the call and ran towards the truck to retrieve her ticket. After checking the ticket, all she could do was “scream”. Everyone from her office came running to check on her and her boss even arranged a ride home from work after her sudden discovery of becoming a millionaire.
Before winning the lottery, Davis was living with her grandmother in Waterford. She had a car that was always riddled with problems and constantly broke anywhere anytime, which is why a major portion of her paycheck was eaten up by the repairs.
Davis felt every bit of the happiness after winning and thanked God that she will not have to struggle anymore. She now thinks of buying a new car, a new house so that she could move out of her grandmother’s house and live with her share of privacy. She also intends to invest the remaining winning amount to provide financial safety to her children and grandchildren.
The owner of Huron Plaza, Yousef Antoo, also received a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. She intends to share the bonus commission with her employees and church, and also make some improvements in the store.
The winning grandmother commented, that winning the lottery has caused her to feel overwhelmed, relieved and grateful all at once and she will not have to live on paychecks anymore.
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