Sunday, March 9, 2014

Powerball Win Brings Indiana Woman to Tears

When a US Powerball player from Tipton County, Indiana, discovered her numbers had delivered a $2 million win in Last Saturday's drawing she was so overcome with emotion she claimed her prize with tears in her eyes.

Buffy Calvert bought her winning ticket from the Speedway filling station at 405 E. Jefferson Street, Tipton, and was one of seven players who managed to match five numbers, but failed to get the Powerball in the $60 million draw on Saturday, March 1.

Calvert's five lucky numbers would normally have reaped a $1 million win, but she got double the money because she invested an extra dollar and added the Power Play option to her ticket.

The grandmother of seven never thought to check her ticket until Wednesday when she rounded off a grocery shopping trip by going for a soda with her daughter. The soda bubbles jogged her memory and Calvert finally had her Powerball numbers checked.

When the clerk told Calvert her numbers had produced a bigger win than he could pay out she thought she may have won a few hundred dollars, but never dreamed her estimate was so many zeros short of the truth.

When the claims manager at the Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis told Calvert how much she had really won she couldn't believe it and got so emotional her claims manager ended up in tears as well.

"This is an unforgettable moment and an unforgettable day,” Calvert said, before stating she would invest a lot of the money and was looking forward to making some charitable donations.

The US Powerball is a multi-state draw that offers a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 (EST).