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Saturday, August 19, 2017 9:32 am

Verbatim: Women from Evansville and Fishers claim Powerball prizes

Hoosier Lottery issued the following news release today:

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 19, 2017) -- Powerball made a couple Hoosiers a bit happier this week, as one claimed a $100,000 prize and another claimed $50,000.

Marlene Cross from Evansville said she “did a little happy dance” after realizing she won $100,000 in the Aug. 5 drawing. She promised to make zucchini bread for a coworker who filled in for her when she drove to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis to claim her prize.

The $100,000 prize came from matching 4 of 5 numbers and the Powerball. Marlene also purchased the Power Play add-on game, which doubled her winnings. She chose her own numbers, which she has been playing for four or five years. The winning ticket came from Circle K, 3900 First Ave. in Evansville.

Marlene had a list of ideas for using the prize, including paying off her car, home improvements and a new washing machine. She said the money would make retiring in a couple years a little easier.

Debbie W. of Fishers found out she won $50,000 on her birthday. She purchased the ticket at Village Pantry, 1729 N. Harry Foreman Ave. in Peru. She and her husband occasionally buy Powerball tickets when the jackpot gets to a higher amount.

Debbie works full time in the Air Force reserve, refueling jets mid-air. She said she was pretty animated when she realized she won — so much that her husband thought she’d been involved in an accident. She quickly shared the good news!

The $50,000 prize will be put toward Debbie’s mortgage, which she said will help her get one step closer to retirement. Debbie said her dad told her he was proud she was being responsible with her winnings.

Debbie won on the Aug. 12 Powerball drawing. Another three Powerball tickets sold in Indiana won $50,000 in the Aug. 12 drawing.

Powerball Overall Odds are 1 in 25.