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Local Veteran wins Powerball

Posted: 2:55 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 18:55:00Z

The Michigan Lottery announced on Wednesday that a Lansing man, who is a Vietnam Veteran, won the Powerball drawing.

Ernest Spagnuolo, 71, matched the four white balls and the Powerball – 03-06-09-17-56 PB: 25 – in Saturday’s drawing.

He bought his winning ticket at Gorman’s Food Market, located at 2800 North Grand River Avenue in Lansing.

“I checked my ticket online and saw I won $150,000, but I didn’t believe it,” said Spagnuolo. “I signed the ticket just in case I had a winner, and yelled for my son to come check my ticket. Once I realized it was real, I started thinking about how to spend it."

Spagnuolo shared that he wants to go to the Vietnam Veterans Association Reunion in North Carolina and pay off some bills, as well as do some fishing.

“I’m still giddy and in the clouds about winning! My wife passed away recently, and I know she was looking out for me on this,” Spagnuolo said.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.