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A Michigan man has won the big prize for the first time playing Powerball

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A 27-year-old Michigan man won a $150,000 prize after playing the first Powerball, officials said.

A 27-year-old Michigan man won a $150,000 prize after playing the first Powerball, officials said.

AP

Never having played the Powerball lottery earlier, the Michigan man said he was inspired to do it after seeing the jackpot hit $1 billion earlier this fall.

Avery Williams bought his first drawing tickets on Nov. 5 — and while he didn’t hit the jackpot, he won the big prize, according to a Nov. 28 press release from the Michigan Lottery.

“I was getting to work the morning after the draw and remembered I had to check my tickets,” the 27-year-old from Burton told lottery officials. “I logged into my lottery account and knew I had won big as soon as I saw my account balance. I couldn’t believe it!”

According to officials, Williams matched the four white balls and the Powerball with the numbers 28-45-53-56-69 PB:20. Those matches qualified him for a $50,000 prize.

But because he is added Power Play option, his prize was tripled to $150,000.

“It’s a huge relief to win and it will allow me to do things I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” Williams said.

According to the release, he plans to remodel his home and invest his winnings. After taxesWilliams took home about $108,000.

His winning ticket was purchased online at MichiganLottery.com.

Caitlin Alanis is a reporter for McClatchy National Real-Time who lives in Kansas. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.

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