April 18, 2013

New Albany retiree claims $1 million Powerball®  prize

Jeffersonville $1 million Powerball hit from April 10 still unclaimed;  jackpot continues to grow -- now an estimated $95 million


CobbINDIANAPOLIS - One of two recent million-dollar Powerball hits in southern Indiana has been claimed. Jane Cobb of New Albany claimed a $1 million prize from the April 13 Powerball drawing.

Cobb and her husband George purchased their winning ticket at Kroger at 200 New Albany Plaza.   

As they claimed their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Wednesday, Jane Cobb recalled the moment when she discovered her win.  It was Sunday morning and her husband was in the bathroom shaving while Jane checked their Powerball tickets in the living room. 

"I saw we matched three numbers, so I started for the bathroom to tell my husband we got three numbers and then, in the hallway, I realized we had matched four," said Jane Cobb. "By the time I got to the bathroom where George was, we had five numbers!"

Jane Cobb said part of the fun of winning was watching local TV news coverage of the as-yet-unclaimed $1 million Kroger win, all the time knowing she was holding the winning ticket.

"We wanted to tell someone so bad we just couldn't stand it!" said Jane Cobb, who finally broke down and told family members Tuesday evening.

"What has thrilled me as much as anything is calling everybody and telling them," said Jane Cobb. "It's a real charge.  It tickles us both so much. We called everybody together and took turns talking." 

The Cobbs are both retired: he from GE and she from Floyd Memorial Hospital where she worked in finance for more than 30 years. Playing Powerball is part of their weekly grocery shopping routine. They always buy their tickets at Kroger and always play the same set of numbers which are hand-picked by Jane and represent family members' birthdays.

Cobb I wonWhile they've had a ton of fun with their win so far, the down-to-earth couple is taking their win in stride and has no plans to make any big changes to their lifestyle.

"We had a pretty decent life before we won," said George Cobb.  "Now it'll be a little nicer."

"Now we can splurge a little," said Jane Cobb.  "It's the smaller things that will make us have a happier, easier life."

The April 13 winning numbers were: 10-12-31-56-57 PB: 33.  Jane Cobb's ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, to win the $1 million prize. 

A Powerball ticket purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville -- just nine miles from the Kroger at 200 New Albany Plaza -- is also worth $1 million as a result of the April 10 drawing. That prize has not yet been claimed.The April 10 winning numbers were: 1-36-40-52-53 PB:20.

No one matched all six numbers in last night's Powerball drawing either, so an estimated $95 million is now up for grabs Saturday night.

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 $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.

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For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

Photo: Jane Cobb claims her $1 million winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

 

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