One Michigan resident’s life is about to change forever.
Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield has confirmed that the winning ticket for a $310.5 million Powerball drawing – the second-largest this year – was sold at a gas station in Three Rivers, near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Holyfield says that the winner has not come forward yet.
In February, players in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas split a $564.1 million prize. That windfall was the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever.
Wednesday’s sum is actually relatively low in the grand scheme of Powerball jackpots. The largest win was in May 2013, when 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie scored $590.5 million after someone let her take their spot in line to purchase the ticket.
Other notable wins: $587.5 million in November 2012 that went to three individuals; the aforementioned $564 million in February of this year; $448.4 million in August 2013; $425.3 million in February 2014; and $399.4 million in September 2013.
Of all those top prizes, only one winner – who claimed the September 2013 $399.4 million jackpot in Lexington, South Carolina – never came forward publicly. Some states don’t require winners publicly claim their tickets, and a few people, like Matthew Good, one of the winners of November 2012’s $587.5 million jackpot, are only exposed when public records reveal their windfall. The rest simply enjoy their anonymity and, lest we forget, their millions.