“I went into the store I normally go to, I scanned it and it said, ‘You’re a winner,’ ” Gibson recalled while claiming his $50,000 Powerball prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters.
Since the scanner didn’t tell him how much he won he took it to the cashier to check, who said, “Do not lose this ticket. I don’t know what you’ve won, but it’s serious.”
Gibson, who retired from Amtrak after 40 years, had matched four numbers and the Powerball in the Sept. 12 drawing for $50,000. He plays Powerball each week, picking one set of numbers and buying four Quick Picks, one of which was the winner. He purchased the winning ticket at BG31, 3131 E. Troy Ave., Beech Grove.
He claimed the prize with his wife, Vicki, after they had told their three adult children about the win. “They didn’t believe us at first,” Vicki said. The couple intend to give 10 percent of their winnings to their church. They had a trip to Disney already planned, so some of the money will go toward the trip. Most of the rest, they said, will be used for normal living expenses