HIGHLAND | A 34-year-old Highland man is $1 million richer after claiming his winning prize in Wednesday night's record-setting Powerball draw.
Larry Chandler, 34, said he isn't going to quit his job as a union electrician and plans to be back to work Monday after meeting with a tax adviser and financial planner.
“This doesn't happen to me,” Chandler said in a statement issued by the Hoosier Lottery. “It's crazy. I've never won anything.”
He drove to Indianapolis on Thursday morning to turn in his ticket and claim his winnings. Hoosier Lottery officials will replace the large ceremonial check used for photos with a real one.
Chandler purchased his winning ticket at Highland Citgo, 8317 Kennedy Ave., choosing his own numbers rather than opting for the quick pick, said Keith Barnes, a clerk at the Citgo station.
“He’s a regular. We had so many people in here (to buy tickets) that I don’t know if I sold him the ticket,” Barnes said.
Chandler said he plans to help his mother, start a college fund for his daughter and take his girlfriend to Red Lobster to celebrate his win.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were 5-16-22-23-29 and Powerball 6.
Chandler's ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball.
A second $1 million ticket was sold in Vincennes, Ind.
Brisk sales nationwide drove Wednesday's jackpot up to a record $587.5 million. Two tickets — one sold in Arizona and the other sold in Missouri — matched all six numbers. Those ticket holders will split the half-billion-dollar jackpot.
Barnes said he took the call from Jeff Sindlar, of the Hoosier Lottery, about selling the $1 million ticket sold at the gas station a little after 8 a.m. He declined to give the station owner’s name and said he didn’t know how much the business would receive for selling Chandler the ticket.
Other regular lottery customers at the Citgo station on Thursday expressed surprise and delight that a Highland resident had won big.
“It’s really exciting. This is a big deal. We play all the time,” said Suzette Bodnar, of Highland. “The whole block’s going to be excited when they hear about this.”
According to the Hoosier Lottery, 206,000 winning Powerball tickets with winnings totaling more than $3.1 million were sold in Indiana for Wednesday's drawing.
Customers purchased an additional 24,000 winning Powerball tickets in Indiana using the Power Play option, which resulted in an additional $261,900 in prizes.