June 17, 2024 2 min read


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Allen Park Resident Celebrates $500K Powerball Prize Win

The lucky winner who matched five numbers to secure the whopping half a million-dollar prize said that winning felt unreal

A lottery player scooped up half a million dollars from Powerball after matching five numbers, the Michigan Lottery announced Friday. The 49-year-old Benjamin Pauline from Allen Park, purchased tickets for Powerball at the Stop & Go, on 13785 Allen Road in Southgate.

Undoubtedly, he didn’t expect to win $500,000 after matching the winning numbers 20, 29, 43, 57 and 63 from a drawing earlier this year. Recently, Pauline visited the lottery headquarters to collect his prize.

When asked what he plans to do with the lottery win, the 49-year-old man said that he wants to buy a new home. Additionally, the Allen Park man said he anticipates investing some of the money and taking care of his family with the rest.

Known as America’s favorite lottery, Powerball is currently available in 45 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 per play and can be purchased either online or via retail outlets.

Lottery players who pay an extra $1 for a “Power Play” option have the ability to multiply their prize of up to 10 times to $2 million maximum. Still, it is important to note that this doesn’t apply to jackpot prizes.

The Winner Started to Lose Hope Then Realized He Won $500,000

Pauline recalled the day when he purchased tickets for Powerball together with his son. He said that several days after the drawing while at an Easter party, he received a call from his son. The winner’s son told him that a Powerball ticket purchased at the Stop & Go won $500,000.

When we arrived at the party, my son scanned my tickets on his Lottery app. As we scanned them, I was starting to lose hope that I was the big winner, and then finally we scanned the last one and $500,000 came up on the screen with confetti,

revealed Benjamin Pauline, the winner of a $500,000 prize from Powerball

Once at the Easter party, Pauline’s son scanned his lottery ticket. To the surprise of the 49-year-old man, the last of the scanned tickets turned out to be the one winning half a million dollars. Upon realizing that he had just won $500,000, Pauline described the feeling as “unreal.”


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