Above: Larry and Mary Baldwin
A Columbus couple defied 5.1 million-to-1 odds to become the Hoosier Lottery’s latest $1 million Powerball winners—and now they plan to book a trip to Hawaii.
Hoosier Lottery officials introduced Larry and Mary Baldwin Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the Circle K at 1720 National Rd. in Columbus where they bought the winning ticket.
Larry Baldwin learned about his good fortune at work.
“I got my ticket out and started checking the numbers on my phone. I thought ‘Well, I recognize a couple of those numbers, so I checked ‘em on the website,” said Baldwin, who immediately called his wife to share the good news. “It was a long afternoon at work!”
The winning Powerball numbers for Sept. 11, 2013 were: 11-19-33-42-52 PB: 33.
“I double checked the numbers and sent him a note that said ‘you’re a winner,’ He sent me a note back that said ‘No. we’re winners,'” said Mary Baldwin.
The couple matched the first five numbers, but the Powerball—and its $245 million jackpot—eluded them.
The Baldwins are both “retired” from Cummins in Delphi, but they still work as contractors for the company. Even after winning the $1 million prize, they plan to keep working. They have five grown children and five grandchildren.
They will use the money to cross something off their bucket list by booking a vacation to Hawaii. They planned to go there for their 30th anniversary, but couldn’t quite get it to work out. The win will make their dream vacation in Hawaii a reality.
The Baldwins regularly play Powerball, and plan to buy a Powerball ticket—and Polar Pops—for Wednesday night’s drawing at the same Circle K.
“We come in here every day for our Polar Pops,” said Larry Baldwin.
Hoosier Lottery officials also presented a $10,000 bonus check (one percent of the prize capped at $100,000) to Circle K. Market Manager Allison Plumlee accepted the check on behalf of Circle K.
Of course, you can catch Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing right here on Fox 59 after Fox 59 News at Ten.