A quick reminder to buy Powerball tickets led to a $1 million Powerball
prize for a Rochester man.
Jeffery Grayson, 56, won $1 million playing Powerball with a ticket purchased at the Meijer store, located
at 3175 South Rochester Road, in Rochester Hills. Grayson matched the first five numbers drawn in
Saturday nights drawing to win his big prize.
"We were standing in the checkout line at about 8 p.m. when my wife, Linda, reminded me that we needed
get our Powerball tickets," said Grayson. "I stepped over to the service counter and bought two tickets, but
only gave Linda one of the tickets."
On Sunday morning, Linda got up and checked the ticket Jeffery had given her.
"Linda told me she checked the ticket and it wasn't a winner, but that someone who bought a ticket at the
Rochester Hills Meijer had won $1 million," said Grayson. "As soon as I heard that, my heart started racing!"
"When Linda left the room, I checked my ticket and started screaming for her to come back in! Neither of
us could believe what we were seeing. We took a photo of the ticket and sent it to a few people and asked
them to confirm we had won $1 million."
On Sunday the couple walked around in a daze not knowing if what happened was real.
"It's just so hard to believe we won $1 million," said Grayson. "We were trying for the jackpot, but were just
as thrilled to win $1 million!"
The couple plans to use the money to pay off debt, invest for their retirement, and buy a few Powerball
tickets for Wednesday night's record $1.3 billion jackpot.
"We'll play again on Wednesday," said Grayson. "Winning $1 million is certainly life changing, but winning
$1.3 billion would turn our lives upside down, in a good way!"
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