Michigan State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating after an employee was beaten up at a Jackson prison. It happened at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility on Wednesday night. Aget more >>
Police are asking the public for help finding a man who robbed a bank Friday morning. It happened at the Independent Bank at 1245 East Grand River in Williamston just before 10:30 a.m. Meridian Townshipget more >>
Bank robbed in Williamston on Friday morningget more >>
The Eaton County Sheriff's Department had its hands full with meth labs last night. Deputies went to two busts - one in Charlotte and the other in Windsor Township. There was a third bust, in which copsget more >>
Police in Eaton County are looking for three people who they say broke into a home, tied up the owner, and stole several items from the house. It happened around 2 a.m. on Friday along the 1400 blockget more >>
Officials got the call just before 7 P.M. Tuesday night to the Mason State Bank on Cedar Street in Mason, where they say a bank robbery took place. It was reported that the male suspect came in justget more >>
A male suspect came into a bank in Mason just before closing with a handgun and demanded money from an employee.get more >>
Police believe two sisters are the brains behind a home invasion in Holt earlier this month. Police say two Lansing men broke into a home in the 1800 block of Schoolcraft, tied-up the homeowner, and stoleget more >>
Both face numerous charges for home invasionget more >>
Hazardous material was found in a home on Lansing's south side after a police raid late Wednesday night. There were 180 Pounds of hazardous waste found inside the home on Valencia Street, along withget more >>
There were 180 Pounds of hazardous waste found inside the home on Valencia Street, along with 25 prior One Pot Meth, and 62 gas generators.get more >>
Two suspects are in custody after Eaton County Sheriff's Officials responded to a home with possible methamphetamine activity. According to officials they located components used in the manufacturingget more >>
Officials located components used in making meth, numerous one pot meth labs, potted marijuana plants, and a loaded hand gun.get more >>
Powerball officials say the jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing is now $550 million.
The price of a ticket doubled in January to $2 as part of a plan to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that play the game. That plan appears to be working with sales revenue up about 35 percent over last year. Record jackpots encourage players who usually sit on the sidelines to play and group purchases from work pools increase.
The jackpot is the largest ever for the Powerball game and the second largest lottery jackpot of all time, eclipsed only by the $656 million Mega Millions record set in March.
Officials will draw the winning numbers at 10:59p.m. Wednesday, but you only have until 9:45p.m. to buy one.
Jim Stapleton, an MSU statistic professor, says the odds of winning are one in 175-million, which is the same as tossing a quarter 27 times and landing on heads consequitvely.
"It's extremely unlikely, you're more likely to be hit by lightning twice in the same day," said Stapleton.
But those odds aren't stopping people from playing. Jim Rathbun of Lansing bought a ticket and even stopped at a psychic to see if there's lots of money in his future.
"Hopefully it helps. It definitely makes me feel a little bit luckier," said Rathbun.
Some hope they increase their luck by buying stones, oils or incense.
"I mean it's $500 million. People are looking any edge they can possibly get," said Bradley Moore, a numberologist.
So as last-minute Powerball players purchase their tickets, Stapleton offers this advice: it's better to pick your own numbers and the more you buy, the better your odds.
The estimated take-home value after taxes is about $252 million.
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