May 16, 2013

Fort Wayne man calls $1 million Powerball® win a "game-changer, not a life-changer"

Saturday's estimated Powerball jackpot soars to $475 million

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INDIANAPOLIS -- There's been a buzz around Fort Wayne since Sunday when it was announced that somebody purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at Lassus Handy Dandy at 10040 Lima Road in Fort Wayne in the May 11 drawing.

We now know who that winner is. Robert Kincaid of Fort Wayne presented the winning ticket to officials at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Wednesday. 

By his own admission, Kincaid was a nervous wreck when he walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters accompanied by his daughter, Heidi Buhl.  By the time he left, Kincaid was relaxed and chatting about his plans for the winnings.

"I'm going to share it with Heidi and my son, Tyson, and my grandkids," said Kincaid. "I'll put a large chunk of it away and forget it's there."

Before he forgets about it, Kincaid plans to splurge just a little on a new, fully-loaded Toyota Tundra.  It won't be the first time he's purchased a new vehicle, but it will be the first time he's walked in and picked out a fully-loaded one.

"I've never paid cash for one before either," said Kincaid.

Kincaid works for Micropulse in Columbia City and has no plans to retire any time soon. "I'm not even considering it," said Kincaid. "I love what I do."

His daughter agrees.

"He'll be that guy who's still working at 80," said Buhl. "I don't think it (winning) is going to change him. It's just a really fun thing."

Kincaid is a regular at the Lassus Handy Dandy where he purchased his winning ticket.  He won with numbers of his own choosing that he's been playing for several years. This is the first time he's won anything significant. 

"It's a game-changer, not a life-changer," said Kincaid.

Kincaid was one of 16 players nationwide to match the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the May 11 drawing. No player hit the jackpot then -- or last night -- so Saturday night's estimated Powerball jackpot has swelled to $475 million.

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