Hoosier Lottery announces Indiana Powerball jackpot winner number 39
INDIANAPOLIS (March 13, 2017) – Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor announced today that one Indiana Powerball ticket holder claimed, as Bohemian Financial, LLC., on March 10, 2017, the estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot. Taylor presented a representative of the ticket holder with a celebratory check of his winnings at the Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center.
Purchasing the ticket
“Spurred by the excitement of a large Powerball jackpot, the winner bought his ticket on the day of the drawing. He occasionally bought a few tickets on his way to work, and on that day, he paid $10 for five picks at $2 each,” said Jennifer Dzwonar, spokesperson for the winner.
Discovering he won
“Early the next morning, after working his shift and going to the store, he returned home to check the Powerball numbers on the Hoosier Lottery website. He noticed that the jackpot was hit in Indiana, so he went to his car to retrieve his ticket. He remembered the Powerball was 2, and he had hit 2 on one of the tickets. So, he checked the numbers online, searched his ticket, stopped, and reread the ticket several times, and was stunned to realize he won!”
“Once he saw the numbers matched, he couldn’t sleep. He tried calling his brother later that morning, but he didn’t answer. He then called his dad, who joked, ‘I thought you were calling to say that you won the lottery?’ to which the winner replied, ‘Maybe I did!’”
What he plans to do with the money
“The winner is very family oriented and close to his siblings and parents. He plans to give some money to family, to help family members pay for their education, and maybe earn an advanced degree himself. He anticipates making donations to charity, but he has made no decisions at this time. He’s excited to travel to see family, and is thinking about buying a new car and a home. For now, he plans to stay in Indiana.”
“The winner wishes to remain anonymous, so he worked with his lawyers to set up a limited liability company to receive the lottery funds and preserve his privacy. We can tell you he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant. This is a dream come true for the winner, and he wishes to thank the Hoosier Lottery and Powerball. He is also grateful to his wonderful family and the greater Lafayette community.”
Ivy Tech connection
In February 2015, the Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech Community College announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the goal of providing a free resource to adults seeking to increase their financial literacy. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an educational experience using vignettes and interactive test questions to provide guidelines on basic financial skills. The MOOC's content and benefits have been promoted to Hoosier Lottery players and Ivy Tech students statewide. The course is free and available to access by all adults throughout the state of Indiana by visiting www.LearnFinancialLiteracy.com.
The winner had the choice to take payment of the estimated $435.3 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment. The winners chose to take the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million (before taxes). The final payout will be $189.1 million after taxes.
One ticket matched all five numbers plus the Powerball number in the Feb. 22, 2017, drawing. The winning numbers for the Feb. 22, 2017, drawing are: 10-13-28-52-61. The Powerball number is 2. The winning ticket was purchased at the Super Test at 1609 Sagamore Parkway South, Lafayette, IN.
Powerball jackpot odds are 1 in 292,201,338. Overall odds are 1 in 25.
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Pictured (L to R): Winner representative Jennifer Young Dzwonar from BORSHOFF and Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor
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CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery Sr. Manager of Public Relations