Holly Township Woman Dies in Fire, Lapeer Man Buys $337 Million Lottery Winner

There was a lot of news around Highland and White Lake this week.

Here is a list of the top five most interesting stories from the White Lake-Highland area this week:

1. On Friday, the Michigan Lottery announced Don Lawson as the owner of the winning $337 million Powerball ticket, sold at the Odish Family Market and Sunoco gas station in northern Lapeer, the Flint Journal said. It's the biggest prize given out in Michigan Lottery history, and Lawson selected the cash option of $224 million.

2. A 72-year-old Holly Township woman died after her two-story farmhouse caught fire, according to the Tri-County Times.

3. On Friday, reported the death toll in Michigan from West Nile Virus increased to five, and the number of cases reported statewide was 87. All of the deaths in Michigan have been among people ages 69 to 87. The medical director of the Livingston County Department of Public Health, Donald Lawrenchuk, suggests prevention -- avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk, using Deet insect repellent, dressing in long sleeves and pants, and draining any standing water outdoors.

4. On Tuesday, reported that AAA officials predicted Tropical Storm Isaac -- soon expected to become Hurricane Isaac -- would increase gas prices in Michigan by 25 cents per gallon next week. Gas prices had increased to $4.04 per gallon in Fenton on Friday morning, Mapquest said.

5. On Monday, the Flint Journal had stories about last Saturday's Crim Festival of Races, with information on the winners, participants and the event. Fenton Patch readers who went to the Crim told about their experiences on our Facebook page.


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