CHESANING (WJRT) (11/07/2017) - Gladys Salzwedel shed a few tears of joy when she discovered she is Michigan's newest millionaire.
The Oakley woman claimed a $5 million Mega Millions prize sold at the Admiral station in Chesaning on Oct. 27. Salzwedel successfully matched the five white balls – 17-27-41-51-52 – and claimed the optional Megaplier.
Salzwedel, 68, played both Mega Millions and Powerball when she bought some lottery tickets at the Chesaning gas station located at 12800 Brady Road.
“I play Mega Millions and Powerball at the Admiral station religiously,” Salzwedel said. “I checked my Powerball ticket the Monday after the drawings, but I was in a rush so I stuffed the Mega Millions ticket back in my purse."
She saw stories on the news a few days after she won about the Admiral station selling a $5 million winning ticket, which jogged her memory that she never checked her Mega Millions ticket.
“I called for my husband to get the ticket out of my purse and look it over," Salzwedel said. "When he came into the living room where I was, he said, ‘You’d better sit down.’ When he told me I’d won, I started bawling.”
Salzwedel, who works as a home-health nurse, recently visited Michigan Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. With her winnings she plans to retire, pay off all of her bills, share with her family and church, and take a trip down south.
“It’s such a blessing to win and be able to retire without having to worry about robbing Peter to pay Paul. God is so good,” Salzwedel said.
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.