A Holland woman says beginner's luck brought her a $1 million Powerball prize.
Imari Shelton, 19, won $1 million playing Powerball with a ticket purchased at the Speedway gas station, located at 800 Washington Avenue, in Holland.
"When I saw the jackpot had climbed so high, I decided I should take a chance and play," said Shelton. "I wasn't even sure how to play, so I had to ask my mom for help."
With her mother's help, Shelton bought five Powerball Easy Pick plays.
"When I woke up on Sunday, my mom told me that someone who had bought a Powerball ticket at the Speedway had won $1 million," said Shelton. "As soon as I heard that, I grabbed my ticket and started checking the numbers. When I saw I matched five numbers, I started shaking."
"I asked my mom what it meant if I matched five numbers and she thought I was joking. After she looked at my ticket with me, we both started screaming."
Her winning ticket had a Powerball of 10, just three numbers off from the Powerball that was drawn (13). While Shelton barely missed winning the $949.8 million Powerball jackpot, she is happy to be $1 million richer.
"I am a student working and eventually want to earn a law degree and become a lawyer," said Shelton. "This money will help make that dream a reality for me."
In addition to using her newfound wealth for school, Shelton also plans to save a portion and buy some Powerball tickets for Wednesday night's drawing.
"Winning $1 million feels unreal and I don't know how to describe it, but winning $1.3 billion would be mind-blowing," Shelton said.
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