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News has surfaced recently of a Belleville resident named Thomas McIntyre winning money from the Powerball back in April of this year. However, this is the second time he has won a large sum of money from the Powerball over the last six months.

Back in October of 2019, McIntyre won $100,000 from playing the Powerball online through Michigan Lottery. This time around, he won $250,000, but it was how he won that amount that was more surprising than the first time.

Power Play Pays Off

McIntyre had matched four white balls and the Powerball for a winning prize of $50,000. However, when he purchased his ticket he added the power play feature for an extra $1.

So in total, for just one ticket, he spent $3. That same $3 turned his $50,000 winnings into an even bigger prize of $250,000.

Odds For Both Events

Overall odds to win a single prize are 1 in 25. For this particular match of numbers, his odds of winning $50,000 by matching four white balls and the Powerball were 1:913,130.

It did not specify as to how he won his first $100,000. But, the easiest way to do the math shows that he had to have won that first prize through the same scenario as to the second prize.

He had to have matched four white balls and Powerball with the power play option that would have doubled the $50,000 on his play back in October. So not only did he do this same setup once, but he did it again the second time around.

Annuity or Lump Sum

Only jackpot-winning prizes have the option to be paid out either annuity or lump sum. So the prize won here would not be eligible for annuity payments.

Most likely, since McIntyre is 65 years old, he would have taken the lump sum of the $250,000 if given the option since an annuity is paid out over 30 years. This will be subject to various taxes and fees, so he will not get the full $250,000.


If another six months go by and McIntyre wins another large prize from the Powerball, that would be some of the most ridiculous amounts of luck any one person could ever imagine. Hopefully, with the amount of money he has won so far, he will be taking his luck elsewhere in retirement.