Mecosta Co. woman wins $1 million Powerball prize

Mecosta Co. woman wins $1 million Powerball prize

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The saying "beginner's luck" proved to be more than just a phrase after a Mecosta County woman won a $1 million Powerball prize her first time ever playing.

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Joni Thompson, of Stanwood, won the drawing on Nov. 8, after buying her ticket from the Country Corner Supermarket on Buchanan Road.

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“I’d never played Powerball before, but I decided to purchase a ticket after seeing the jackpot was over $1 billion,” said Thompson

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“After the drawing, I saw a social media post about a $1 million prize being won in Mecosta County,

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so I went to the Lottery site to write down the winning numbers and then checked my ticket.

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Thompson, 54, plans to use her winnings to build her new business and then save the remainder.

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"When I realized I‘d matched five numbers and was the big winner, I started hyperventilating, screaming, and crying

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I had my son scan my ticket on his Lottery app to make sure I was reading it right. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to win $1 million; I am still speechless!”

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The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and may be watched live online at Powerball.com.

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