It’s not every day that visiting Michigan ends up being this profitable. One Ohio resident is thanking his lucky stars though. His recent trip to the Great Lakes State made him a millionaire.
Adam Bradley, of Westerville Ohio, bought a Powerball ticket at a Speedway gas station.
“My mom, grandma, and I were going to dinner, and I told them I wanted to stop and buy tickets since I was in town,” said Bradley, a Michigan native. At the time he could never expected how fortunate a visit to his home state would be.
“My mom gave me $4 and I bought two separate tickets. When I got back to the car, I gave her one and kept one.”
He recalled a later conversation with his doubtful grandmother. “My grandma was skeptical. She said: ‘I don’t know why you play, no one ever wins!'” At the time, however, he had no idea he was holding winning numbers.
A family member began reading the winning numbers the next morning. As Bradley listened he realized his ticket matched five white balls that were drawn – 20-22-28-45-50.
“As I was listening to the numbers, I couldn’t believe my ears,” said Bradley. “I couldn’t stop shaking when I realized I’d won $1 million!
It was only fitting that his grandmother should get a good-natured ribbing.
“I told my grandma: ‘It turns out you were one million times wrong!’”
Bradley recently visited the Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. The 35-year-old will take some time planning how he’d like to spend his winnings. However, he does plan to buy a new home, take a family vacation, and put the rest into a savings account.
“Winning is nice, it gives me a sense of financial security,” Bradley said.