Fort Wayne-native Dontae Williams said he bought a Powerball ticket Wednesday because "it was a good day." It was a better day than he could have realized, as he won $100,000 on Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
Dontae realized he won Thursday morning, and he drove down to Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis the same day to claim his prize. His sisters and mom joined him for the trip.
"It's kind of surreal," Dontae said. "It hasn't sunk in yet."
Thursday morning, Dontae spoke to his uncle on the phone. His uncle enjoys playing Hoosier Lottery games, so it reminded Dontae to check his Powerball ticket.
"I had to look at it seven, eight, maybe ten times," Dontae said.
He quickly called his uncle again. His uncle confirmed what Dontae suspected: he had a winner. Dontae matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball. Typically, that combination is worth $50,000, but because Dontae added Power Play, his prize doubled to $100,000.
Dontae purchased the ticket at Cook Road Marathon, 7525 Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne. The retailer is not a place he frequently visits, and it is not near his home.
"I had to make a stop, and it turned into this," Dontae said.
Dontae, a factory worker in Fort Wayne, has no immediate plans for the money. He said he wants to be generous to loved ones, and also wants to think about his future.
"I don't want to go on any spending spree," he said.
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