Day At The Track

Trainer/driver wins $1 million Powerball

02:24 PM 16 Jan 2016 NZDT
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Bart Stimer (left), GunninForAFight (center) and wife Kiersten (right) with their $1 million Powerball ticket.
Bart Stimer (left), GunninForAFight (center) and wife Kiersten (right) with their $1 million Powerball ticket.
Photo Courtesy of Michigan Lottery

JACKSON, MI — Harness racing trainer/driver Bart Stimer almost literally threw $1 million out the window. 

The 45-year-old Concord man won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing and almost lost his winning ticket while pulling away from an Ohio Turnpike toll booth. 

Stimer and his wife, Kiersten, were on their way to watch their family's horses race in Cleveland, according to a news release from the Michigan Lottery. 

"I rolled down my window to get a ticket for the Ohio Turnpike, and as I pulled away and started to get up to speed, the Powerball ticket that was laying on my dash almost flew out the window," Michigan's newest millionaire said in the release. "I grabbed it just before it got to the window, and stuck it in a cubby in my truck."

Stimer is a longtime horse harness racer and third-generation Big 9 Sportsman's Club member. 

He wasn't aware the ticket was a winning one until making it back home to Concord later Wednesday night. His wife heard about someone buying a golden ticket at the Horton Depot, 389 S. Moscow Road, which prompted Stimer to rush out to his truck. 

"When she told me that someone had bought a winning ticket there, I got to my truck as fast as I could to check my ticket," he said in the release. "I had memorized two of the winning numbers, the 04 and 08, so when I saw I had those, I thought I might have a winner. 

"I won't believe this is actually happening until I make a big deposit at my bank."

This wasn't the Stimer's only win of the day, as one of his horses "GunninForAFight" won its race in Cleveland.

The winner visited the Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Friday, Jan. 15, and said he has plans to cut some debt and set up college funds for his three children. 

"I'm happy to have won $1 million. It won't change our lifestyle," he said. "We'll be the same people we've always been; we'll just be a little more comfortable." 

By Benjamin Raven | braven@mlive.com 

Reprinted with permission of mlive.com site

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