In the September 21 draw, a couple from Michigan matched all the numbers to take home a life-changing lottery jackpot. Phillip Chippewa, his wife, Dawn, and their entire family of 7 children and 21 grandkids came forward to claim their win and opted for a lump sum payout.
Intuition and Luck Come Hand in Hand
Mr. Chippewa purchased the Powerball tickets at the Barrels & Barrels Party Store in Suttons Bay. He was not planning on getting any lottery tickets that day, but he eventually got his 4 lines on the spur of the moment. This moment of inspiration proved to be a Godsend as one of his tickets matched the numbers drawn – 01, 09, 22, 36, 68 and Powerball 22.
He left the tickets in his truck and almost forgot about them. Luckily, Dawn’s sister called Mr. Chippewa after hearing that the winning ticket was bought in Suttons Bay, so he didn’t miss his win!
I ran out to take a look at them and I didn’t have to look past the first line to see I was the winner. Of course, my wife and son thought I was playing a trick, so my son pulled the numbers up on his phone and read them out loud while Dawn and I looked at the ticket together. By the time he was done, we both had tears in our eyes.
Winning is Great Only When Shared
The Chippewas then headed to the party store where the tickets were purchased to confirm the Powerball results and their win. They realized their life was going to change for the better thanks to the amazing Powerball prize!
With seven children and 21 grandchildren, I’ve always said that I might not have the most money, but I am rich with family. Now, I have all the money I’ll ever need and can help my family for generations. That means everything to me.
Phillip Chippewa chose the lump sum payout, which means they will end up with around $42 million after taxes.
Family and Community Come First for the Chippewas
The winner plans to share his luck with everyone in the family by purchasing new homes for each of their children. What’s more, both Phillip and his wife will continue to go to work as members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and give back to their community.
Winning is life-changing, but it’s not going to change who we are. My wife and I have been together for 25 years, we’ve always helped others and we’re both still working.