The tides turned for Grand Blanc Township in Michigan as a staggering $842.4 million Powerball jackpot found its winner on the dawn of 2024, marking the first time the game bestowed such wealth on New Year’s Day since its inception in 1992.
The winning combination—12, 21, 42, 44, 49, and the red Powerball: 1—made dreams come true, surpassing initial estimations to become the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and the 10th-largest in U.S. lottery history.
Amidst the celebrations, the Food Castle convenience store in Grand Blanc Township found itself at the heart of jubilation. Owner Bill Nannoshi, overwhelmed by the community’s newfound spotlight, expressed his elation, saying, “Usually, you hear stuff like that happening in different states. So, it’s great. It’s great for this community. I mean, Grand Blanc is an awesome place to work.”
Prior to this groundbreaking win, the jackpot had been a tantalizing pursuit since mid-October, captivating countless hopefuls with odds steep at 1 in 292.2 million.
Now, the winner faces an enviable dilemma—choose between a 30-year annuitized prize of $842.4 million or a hefty lump sum of $425.2 million, both amounts before taxes.
Beyond the grand jackpot, other lucky players across California, Connecticut, Florida, and Maryland celebrated $1 million wins by matching all five white balls. Two even doubled their wins, scoring $2 million prizes by adding the Power Play option.
This monumental win marks Michigan’s second-largest jackpot triumph, with the cash value lump sum boasting a staggering $425.2 million.
The Lottery remains on edge awaiting the winner’s reveal, reminding everyone that the last jackpot victor from Michigan was a Waterford resident in 2020, claiming $70 million.
At Food Castle, the air buzzed with excitement as regulars shared their hopeful sentiments. Salesclerk Susie expressed her optimism, hoping the winner hailed from their local circle, saying, “All of our customers are really excited that something is finally happening in Grand Blanc that’s positive.”
One regular, Juan, though slightly disappointed, shared his joy for the fortunate winner, stating, “It’s nice to know somebody here in town won. Too bad it wasn’t me.”
Acting Michigan Lottery Commissioner Jessica Weare shared her delight, emphasizing the monumental impact this win would have on the local community, “A lucky Michigan Lottery player woke up to life-changing news this morning after winning the $842.4 million Powerball jackpot on New Year’s Day!”
The winds of fortune had certainly swept Grand Blanc Township off its feet, marking a remarkable start to the New Year for one fortunate Michigander.