Press Release

Barbara & Craig Lennen

March 5 , 2005


INDIANAPOLIS — Barbara Lennen had a craving for fried chicken and mashed potatoes for three days. She said that is how she ended up buying a $19.9 million Powerball ticket. She and her husband, Craig Lennen, visited Hoosier Lottery headquarters today to claim the jackpot prize from the March 5 Powerball drawing.

On the errand to satisfy her KFC hankering, Lennen said she stopped in McClure Oil #57 on West State Road 28 in her hometown of Elwood to buy a few Lottery tickets. She stashed the 50/50 Raffle, Hoosier Lotto and Powerball tickets in her wallet and didn't take them out until last night at 6 p.m., when Craig's father told her that the winning ticket was purchased at McClure Oil.

“I checked the Powerball numbers one at a time. I looked at it three times,” then she informed her husband, she recalled today. “I said, ‘Don't get up. Our lives are changing. We just hit the Powerball.'”

Barbara, who is 28, works at the Meijer gas station on Indiana Highway 37 in Noblesville. Her boss happened to call her last night to offer her a half day off for putting in so many hours recently. She asked for a full day, given her Powerball win, and her boss easily allowed her the leeway.

The mother of four children, ages 6, 9, 10 and 11, said her immediate wishes are a “totally equipped minivan” and a home in the country near her family in Elwood.

“It must have five bedrooms, one for each of the kids,” she said. “I'm just still in awe that I can start thinking about what I want.” Craig Lennen said he would like their new home to include a game room with a pool table and dartboard. The 31-year-old works for Tamwall Systems in Lawrence and installs boat docks and lifts.

Lennen received her first $663,000 check today. The prize will be paid through a 29-year annuity.

McClure Oil will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which was a Quick Pick.

Guided by benchmarks of integrity and profitability, the Hoosier Lottery has returned $2.5 billion to the state of Indiana since 1989 to lower drivers' license plate costs, increase firefighters' and teachers' pensions, reduce property taxes and much more.

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