Two Evansville Players Claim $200,000 Powerball Prizes

INDIANAPOLIS – Two Evansville men are among nine players nationwide to win $200,000 in the March 6 Powerball drawing.  James Wells of Evansville and Joseph Mayer of Evansville each presented $200,000 winning Powerball tickets at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters on Friday.  
Nine tickets nationwide matched five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the March 6 drawing.  Two of the nine tickets were purchased in Evansville. 
"Hard to believe" is how Wells described his win.  He says he buys two Powerball and two Hoosier Lotto tickets for most draws.
The 86 year-old is retired from Twigg Corporation in Martinsville where he and his wife of 62 years lived for 40 years before relocating to Evansville five years ago. The couple plans to save the money.
"We're going to put it in the bank," said Wells.
"I about got sick," was how Joseph Mayer responded to his $200,000 win.  "I was numb for a couple of hours."
Mayer is a toolmaker at Berry Plastics in Evansville. With four children, including one in college and another about to start, he plans to use a good chunk toward college educations.
The 50 year-old is also planning to splurge and take the whole family to Cancun and possibly buy a new truck. 
"My truck's pretty much on it's last leg," said Mayer. "But I won't buy a brand new one."
The winning numbers from Saturday, March 6 were: 10-29-33-41-59 PB:15. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
James Wells purchased his ticket at Schnucks Food and Drugs at 4500 Lloyd Expressway and Joseph Mayer purchased his ticket at Co-op Country Corner at 5015 N. St. Joseph Ave.
Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is $200 million.  Both men indicated they already have tickets for Saturday night's big draw.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
Photos:  James Wells shows off his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.  Joe Mayer smiles for the camera as he claims his Powerall winnings.
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