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Last updated on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
(BROWNSTOWN) - Steve and Joan Edwards try to attend every Brownstown Central athletic event they possibly can - including those on the road.
Aubrey Woods of the Tribune reports that the plan is not going to change just because Steve bought a Powerball ticket Aug. 15 that paid a million bucks.
60-year-old Steve Edwards says the couple will continue to go to game, because they enjoy them and have developed friendships with parents and kids.
Edwards, who claimed his prize Thursday morning at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis, works at Versatech in Crothersville, but not for long - he gave his two week notice.
That means he may go back to one of his favorite jobs in the spring: serving as an announcer for the Braves baseball team.
Steve said he and his wife, who is 65 and retired from Cummins Inc. in Columbus, planned to travel to Charlestown on Friday night to see the Braves play the Pirates in a Mid-Southern Conference football match.
Edwards bought his winning ticket at Circle K at 107 W. Commerce St. in Brownstown. "I usually buy two Quick Picks, but I bought four this time because the Powerball was $377 million," Edwards said. "I don't have my own numbers."
Edwards said he was on his break at work when he discovered his win on the night of Aug. 15. He had a hard time keeping the news to himself while he finished his shift. He was hesitant to believe it himself at first.
He checked his numbers, as he always does, listening to the radio in his car. He was shocked to see the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, on his ticket match up to the winning numbers.
"I thought I won, but I wasn't sure so I called my wife and asked her if she was sitting down," Edwards said. "She said, 'What's wrong?' I said, 'I think I just won a million dollars.' She said, 'No really, what's wrong?'" In shock, Edwards tucked his ticket away, put on his poker face and went back into work to finish his shift - with a huge secret.
Edwards says everyone was checking their numbers and talking about the jackpot, and even asked Edwards, but he didn't say a word.
Edwards said he spent Wednesday with financial advisers.
Edwards figures his good fortune is going to be good for a laugh at work during his final two weeks. Other than sorting out the details of his much-anticipated retirement, he says he doesn't have much planned.
The winning Aug. 15 Powerball numbers were: 6-27-46-51-56 PB: 21. One ticket, purchased in Michigan, matched all six numbers in the drawing and won a jackpot of $337 million.
A second Powerball ticket purchased in Indiana is worth $1 million in that drawing. That ticket was purchased at Hardee's of Howe South at 7065 N. 475 E. in Howe and has not yet been claimed. Hoosier Lottery officials remind players to check their numbers carefully and to sign the back of their tickets immediately.
The person holding the winning ticket should contact Hoosier Lottery Customer Service at (800) 955-6886 or visit HoosierLottery.com for details on how to claim their prize.
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