March 8, 2011
Fort Wayne dad experiences tuition relief after Powerball win
INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Banks isn’t a regular lottery player. In fact he is not much of a gambler at all. So it came as a complete surprise when his Powerball ticket from the March 2 drawing was worth $200,000. For the Ft. Wayne father of two, the surprise win will help offset college tuition for his children.
Banks, a driver for National Serv-All Sanitation, purchased his winning ticket from Murphy USA located at 7504 South Town Crossing in Ft. Wayne. The clerks at the gas station knew their store had sold a winning ticket in that drawing, but they weren’t sure which of their customers was holding it.
“When I went back to the store to have them check my tickets, the clerk scanning the ticket looked up and said they had been looking for me,” said Banks. “That right there kinda startled me because I knew I hadn’t been in any trouble or anything.”
Much to his delight, the clerk informed him that he was the winner they were waiting on and told him to head south to Indianapolis to claim his prize.
“I’m just a real laid-back, mellow guy,” said Banks. “But this is real nice for my kids. I have one daughter in college right now and my son will go next year so this will definitely help with tuition!”
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball in Indiana is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.
For more information contact Hoosier Lottery Public Relations Manager Megan Wright at 317-264-4805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.