William "Garnet" Blair, a General Motors retiree from Anderson, won $200,000 in the Oct. 21 Powerball drawing when the numbers on his ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball number. Blair claimed his winnings Oct. 27 at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
Blair purchased his winning ticket at Discount Tobacco at 3814 Columbus Ave. in Anderson . He credits a switch in the timing of his Lottery routine for his windfall. When he plays Powerball, Blair normally purchases his tickets in the morning, while running errands. This time, he opted to hit the store in the afternoon, a change-up that paid off to the tune of $200,000!
Blair is the first big Powerball with Power Play winner in Indiana since the Oct. 7 prize structure redesign that increased the game's third prize level from $10,000 to $50,000. A month ago, the prize for matching the numbers Blair did was just $10,000, with a chance to increase it up to 2, 3, or 4 times with Power Play for an extra dollar. Blair's fortuitous timing and his decision to add Power Play allowed him to walk away not with $10,000, but $200,000.
"Change is good," said Blair.
Blair is retired but keeps busy doing mechanical jobs on occasion. He and his wife Sandra, who is an artist, have three grown children and two grandchildren. The couple isn't sure what they plan to do with their winnings, but want to make sure they use it wisely.
"I've never considered myself lucky at all," said Blair. "I've always worked for everything."
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