Indiana man collects $1M Powerball winnings, plans to take girlfriend to Red Lobster

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A Highland, Ind. man, who is one of two Indiana winners in the recent Powerball drawing, collected his $1 million prize Thursday, announced Hoosier Lottery officials.

Larry Chandler, 34, said he plans to help his mother, start a college fund for his daughter and take his girlfriend to Red Lobster with the money.

Chandler, who is a union electrician, said he does not plan to quit working and will be back on the top Monday morning, after meeting with a tax advisor and a financial planner.

“This doesn’t happen to me!” said Chandler. “It’s crazy. I’ve never won anything.”

The jackpot in Wednesday night’s Powerball soared to $587.5 million.  Only two tickets—one sold in Arizona and one in Missouri—matched all six numbers, which were 5-16-22-23-29 PB: 6.

Chandler matched the first five numbers but did not get the Powerball number correct. He purchased the ticket at Highland Citgo in Highland, Ind.  His ticket was one of two winning tickets in Indiana.  The other ticket was purchased at United PSM at 601 Wheatland Road in Vincennes, Ind.  The prize has not yet been claimed.

Hoosier Lottery officials said a total of 206,000 winning Powerball tickets with winnings of more than $3.1 million were sold by Indiana retailers for last night’s drawing.

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