Holland Powerball winner: it ‘feels unreal’

Imari Shelton's Powerball ticket, worth $1 million. (Courtesy: Michigan Lottery)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD)— Beginner’s luck is paying off for a Holland woman, who is now a lottery millionaire.

Imari Shelton, 19, enlisted her mother’s help when she picked up five Powerball Easy Pick tickets from the Speedway gas station from Washington Avenue in Holland.

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Shelton said the historically high Powerball jackpot enticed her to play.

“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,” Shelton said in a news release Monday. “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.”

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“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,” Shelton added.

Shelton was just one number off of winning the record $949.8 million Powerball jackpot; she had a Powerball of 10 instead of 13. While she narrowly missed winning the historic amount, she told lottery officials she’s happy to be $1 million richer.

Shelton said her winnings will help her realize her dream of earning a law degree and becoming a lawyer. She also plans to try her luck again and buy Powerball tickets for Wednesday night’s drawing, in hopes of cashing in on the now $1.4 billion jackpot.

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