Local lottery winners come forward

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It’s been two days since the winning Powerball numbers were announced, but not every prize has been claimed.

Some players just haven’t checked while others need to make the journey to Lansing to collect their check.

Our Daniel Hamburg spoke to one Michigan Lottery official who says the winnings in Michigan totaled over $99 million.

Back to its starting point at $40 million, the Powerball frenzy seems to be over, but for some people, there’s still confusion from Wednesday’s drawing.

“It’s human nature. You see what you want to see. You see what you hope to see.”

Jeff Holyfield with the Michigan Lottery says some people just don’t know how to play.

“They have multiple plays on a ticket and they think if they get all of the numbers on that ticket and then the Powerball on one of the lines that, that they’ve won,” said Jeff Holyfield, director of public relations, Michigan Lottery.

There are nine ways to win, and 737,000 winning tickets were sold in the state of Michigan for Wednesday night’s drawing.

If you looked at your numbers and you’re still not sure if you won, all you have to do is come into a Michigan Lottery retailer and simply go to one of these Lucky Spot machines and scan your ticket.

Unfortunately for us in the newsroom, all of these aren’t winners.

Unlike 6 News, one Concord man is $1 million richer.

On Thursday 6 News went to the Horton Depot to figure out who won big and on Friday 45-year-old Bart Stimer claimed his prize at the Michigan Lottery office.

He matched the five white balls in Wednesday night’s drawing to win.

With his money, Bart Stimer plans to pay off debt and set up college funds for his three children.

For everyone else, it’s back to a normal lifestyle.

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