An uncharacteristic, spur of the moment purchase paid off in a big way for an Allen County man over the weekend. Rudolf Serna of Fort Wayne doesn't usually play Powerball, but he chose nearly the perfect moment to spring for a ticket.
The lucky grandfather was in Circle G. Food Mart at 2420 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne last Friday with an extra $5 bill in his hand when he decided to try his luck on a Powerball with Power Play ticket that ended up being worth $2 million in the July 2 drawing.
Serna's ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, a combination that pays $1 million. Because he opted to add Power Play at purchase for an extra dollar, Serna doubled his winnings to $2 million.
When he claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis July 5, Serna confessed that the gravity of the situation "hasn't sunk in yet."
Serna calls himself a "level-headed guy with a level-headed family." The father of two and grandfather of four says the win is "a blessing," but he doesn't want it to change his life too much. For Serna, the best thing to come from his $2 million windfall is the opportunity to cut back on the hours he works at his sons' lawn care business and spend time at home with his wife.
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