A couple with seven children and 21 grandchildren from northern Michigan have claimed an $80 million Powerball prize.
Suttons Bay’s 54-year-old Phillip Chippewa traveled with his wife, Dawn, and their big family to Lansing on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to collect their prize.
In the Sept. 21 Powerball game, a ticket Phillip Chippewa purchased matched all five numbers and the Powerball. Following taxes, the family decided to accept their bonus as a one-time $42 million lump-sum.
Phillip Chippewa said that he now has “all the money I’ll ever need and can help my family for generations.”
They plan to buy homes for themselves and each of their children. Also on his shopping list are a new motorcycle and a white Dodge Challenger.
They are both members of and working for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, but they are planning to continue to work for now.
“Winning is life-changing, but it’s not going to change who we are,” Chippewa said.