October 25, 2003
Indianapolis – Regina Mandabach of Washington purchased one of two tickets that matched all six numbers in the Oct. 25 Powerball drawing to split $190.9 million, the sixth largest Powerball jackpot in history.
The 29-year-old customer service representative for Hoosier Insurance bought a single quick pick ticket that is now worth $95.4 million. She chose the cash option and will receive $49.7 million before taxes.
Mandabach first realized she had the winning numbers when she heard on the television morning news that there was a winner from Washington.
“They showed the Shell where I bought my ticket so I checked my numbers,” explained Mandabach. “I called the other Shell to check the numbers again. All I could think was ‘I’m Rich!’
“I ran to my parents house and scared them because I pounded on the door, and when they opened it I was out of breath and my face was white. I finally got it out that ‘I won Powerball!’ This is unbelieveable.”
Even though Mandabach has not decided what to do with her winnings, her two children have already started their Christmas lists, including a dirt bike and moped. A trip to DisneyWorld also may be imminent.
This jackpot ranks as the tenth largest in the world and the second largest jackpot won in Indiana. The largest was $295.7 million won on July 29, 1998.
This Hoosier Lottery Powerball winning ticket was purchased at Shell Food Mart #2 in Washington, earning the retailer a $100,000 bonus.
There are 26 member lotteries currently selling the Powerball game to a population of 82 million. Tickets are sold through more than 41,000 terminals.
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