GRAND BLANC — Buying a subscription for Powerball tickets paid off almost immediately for a Grand Blanc man who won a $150,000 prize.
Ken Belcher matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball in the Feb. 27 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, the prize was multiplied to $150,000. Belcher bought his winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
“I like to play Club Keno and one day, when I was checking my numbers, I decided to buy a subscription for Powerball,” he said. “I hit the $150,000 on the next drawing, so I got in at just the right time.
“You play for all these years and win a little here and there, and then one random decision to buy a subscription leads to a huge win. It’s unbelievable.”
Belcher said he plans to invest his winnings.
“This isn’t a life-changing amount of money, but it will definitely be great to put a little extra away for a more comfortable retirement,” he said.
Subscription players sign up on the lottery website, select the number of tickets they wish to purchase for each drawing, their numbers, and any add-ons. Subscriptions automatically renew weekly, but players may cancel any time. — L.R.