On Thursday, August 16, the mystery of who won Powerball’s third-biggest jackpot came closer to being solved when the Michigan Lottery revealed that a winning ticket was sold in Lapeer, Michigan, a small city of around 10,000 residents located 45 miles north of Detroit. The owners of the Sunoco station at which the ticket was sold, the Odish family, will receive a $50,000 bonus for the sale. The store received visits from the media, local customers and the city’s mayor, Bill Sprague.
Another big clue came in on August 22, when the presumptive winner contacted the Michigan Lottery. That person did not come forward publicly at that point was not confirmed by Michigan Lottery headquarters at the time.