August 30, 2011
Powerball rewards Hammond man with $200,000 prize
INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Payonk Sr. has played Powerball® every Saturday night “for years,” but last Saturday’s drawing will stand out as a memorable one for the lifelong resident of Hammond, Ind.
Payonk matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the most-recent Powerball drawing and came away with $200,000 in winnings from the Hoosier Lottery. Payonk and his two sons, Michael Jr. and Jeff, made the trip to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Monday to claim the prize.
“I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with the money, but I am going to share some of it with my two sons,” said Payonk Sr. “I have been thinking about a Cadillac for a while, but we’ll see.”
Payonk purchased his ticket at Witham's Sav-A-Stop at 2847 165th Street in Hammond. The ticket was one of four nationwide that matched the first five numbers. No one matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing, which has pushed Wednesday's Powerball jackpot to an estimated $75 million.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly and to always sign the back of their tickets.
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball tickets in Indiana is turned over to the state. In fiscal year 2010, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers' license plate costs.
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Photo (pictured from left to right): Michael Payonk Jr., Michael Payonk Sr. and Jeff Payonk at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.