When we first reported Grand Blanc Township was home to the winning Powerball Jackpot ticket on New Year's Day, we all started thinking about how we'd spend the money.

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Some would take payments over a lifetime to "never work again."

Others would choose the lump sum cash payment. Which is nowhere near the $842 million.

The lump sum is around $425 million, but closer to $300 million after taxes.

The Winning Powerball Ticket for $842M was sold at Food Castle Credit: Google Street View
The Winning Powerball Ticket for $842M was sold at Food Castle Credit: Google Street View
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For those without a sense of imagination or curiosity, we'd never dream of telling someone else how to spend their winnings.

This is strictly for daydreaming & wish-list purposes.

What could the Powerball winnings do around Genesee County, MI?

We thought about massive old properties that could be completely reimagined, like a clean slate, to create something new.

Think about job creation, well-planned residential and commercial areas.

Even more green spaces to enjoy Michigan's seasons outdoors.

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Then, we considered old restaurants we miss. Kountry Kettle on Dort Highway came to mind.

There's even a legendary restaurant, still thriving in business, up for sale.

The White Horse Tavern for sale in Downtown Flint, MI. Credit: Google Street View
The White Horse Tavern for sale in Downtown Flint, MI. Credit: Google Street View
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That's surely worth a look, but even more audacious or daring...

Entire swaths of Genesee County -- where blight, crime and abandonment have reigned for years -- could be completely reimagined with these massive Powerball winnings.

All it would take is vision, patience, support from county residents, local governments and a willingness to invest the newly found fortune.

11 Genesee County Places Grand Blanc Powerball Winner Should Resurrect

From golf courses to old businesses, restaurants and everything in between, we'd love to help Michigan's newest millionaire spend their money.

Gallery Credit: Nate Reed

Here are the Odds of Winning the Powerball Jackpot Compared to Other Life Events

With all of the monster lottery jackpots we've seen over the past few years, we decided to take a look at the odds of winning. Clearly, winning the Powerball jackpot is a long shot, especially in comparison to the chances of these other real-life events happening.

Five Michiganians Whose Lives Were Ruined After Winning Big Lottery Jackpots

We all think winning the lottery would solve all of our problems. But you know what they say: "Be careful what you wish for."

Take a look at these five Michigan residents who won life-changing money from the Michigan Lottery. Unfortunately, all of their lives took a drastic turn for the worse after their wins.

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