November 29, 2012
Fort Wayne woman wins $40,000 in record Powerball® run
INDIANAPOLIS – It didn’t take one Hoosier long to claim her winnings from last night’s record-setting Powerball drawing. Barbara Wright of Fort Wayne walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis shortly after the doors opened this morning and presented a Powerball ticket worth $40,000 to Lottery officials.
The winning numbers in last night's drawing were: 5-16-22-23-29 PB: 6.
Wright matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball number. She increased her winnings by adding Power Play® to her ticket for an extra dollar.
It was only the second time Wright had opted to spend the extra dollar to add Power Play - and it made all the difference, $30,000 difference to be exact. That one extra dollar increased her winnings from $10,000 to $40,000.
Wright said the extra cash in the bank will allow her to “have a nice Christmas,” pay off all her financial obligations and put a down payment on a car. If there is any left over, Wright and her husband hope to upgrade their next annual vacation. The couple are avid hunters and fishermen who hope to splurge on either a bear hunting trip to Wyoming or a fishing trip to the Florida Keys.
Brisk sales nationwide drove Wednesday’s jackpot up to a record $587.5 million. When it was all said and done, two tickets -- one sold in Arizona and one in Missouri -- matched all six numbers and will split the jackpot.
In total, Indiana retailers sold more than 206,000 winning Powerball tickets with winnings of more than $3.1 million for last night's drawing. An additional 24,000 winning Powerball tickets in Indiana included the Power Play option and accounted for an additional $261,900 in prizes.
A pair of tickets sold by Hoosier Lottery retailers matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, and are worth $1 million. One ticket was purchased at United PSM at 601 Wheatland Road in Vincennes while the other ticket was purchased at Highland Citgo at 8317 Kennedy Avenue in Highland.
Hoosier Lottery officials remind players to check their numbers carefully and to sign the back of their tickets immediately.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.8 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly.
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