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Ind. Single Mother Claims $95M Powerball

PowerballPowerball: Ind. Single Mother Claims $95M Powerball

A 29-year-old single mother from Washington, Ind., cashed in her Powerball ticket worth $95.4 million Wednesday, becoming the biggest individual winner in Hoosier Lottery history.

Regina Mandabach, a secretary for Hoosier Insurance, grinned as she accepted a giant check from lottery officials. She chose the cash option, which means she'll take home $49.7 million before taxes.

Mandabach could have chosen to take a total of $95.45 million in annual payments over 30 years.

"Has it sunk in? No," Mandabach said. "My mind's not clear right now."

She bought a quick-pick ticket for Saturday's drawing. It was one of two winning tickets. Mandabach splits the $190.9 million jackpot with 15 school cooks and a janitor from Minnesota who came forward on Monday.

Mandabach said she is not sure how she will be spending her money, although her children have already asked for a mountain bike and a mo-ped.  She plans to have a special Christmas for her children, ages 9 and 10.

"I will take care of my family.  Now they will never have another worry," she said. "I'll worry about myself later.  I always said if I won the lottery no one in my family would ever have to worry again," she said.

Mandabach said she learned she had the winning numbers after a Sunday morning news show aired footage of the Shell Food Mart where she had purchased her ticket.  She checked her numbers, 6-17-45-47-48 and Powerball 4 -- and they matched.  Mandabach bought only one single ticket.

"I ran to my parents' house and scared them because I pounded on the door," she said. "When they opened it, I was out of breath and my face was white. I finally got it out that I won Powerball."

An occasional Powerball player, her one lucky ticket turned out to be her ticket to riches.

"Every now and then I'd buy them and of course I never won.  So it was like well ain't I something.  Well I really am something now."

She did receive a check for her millions, but she will not officially collect her cash for another 10 days.

But, even when she does get her hands on the money Mandabach says she still plans to stay in Indiana.

Mandabach said a trip to Disney World is a possibility.

She said yesterday that until now, money has been tight.

"Of course. I'm a single mother," she said.

She added that she had been "the biggest secret in Washington, Ind., for the last couple days."

Mandabach is the winner of the Hoosier Lottery's 19th Powerball jackpot -- making Indiana home to more winners than any of the other 25 participating states.

The latest winner's identity had been a mystery in Washington, a southwestern Indiana town with a population of about 11,000.

Mandabach broke her silence when her lawyer called lottery officials Wednesday. Accompanied by her mother, father, brother, sister and cousin, she traveled to Indianapolis to cash in her ticket. Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit did the driving, giving the family their own police escort.

"I thought she needed some security," Harbstreit said. "She's carrying a pretty valuable piece of paper."

This jackpot is the 10th largest in the world and Indiana's second-largest payout. The retailer that sold the ticket will receive $100,000.

AP Photo/AJ Mast

Regina Mandabach takes questions from the media after being announced as a Powerball jackpot winner during a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at the Hoosier Lottery offices in Indianapolis.

AP Photo/AJ Mast

Regina Mandabach accepts a ceremonial check for the $95.4 million Powerball jackpot from Hoosier Lottery director John Ross.

AP Photo/AJ Mast

Regina Mandabach posses with her parents Aldrich and Connie Mandabach.

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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: October 30, 2003, 8:11 am - IP Logged

Advice to the 16 Minnesota women holding the other ticket: Even solo winners almost always take the lump sum. You have 16 reasons to take the cash instead of the annuity.

    benir4u's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg
    United States
    Member #1954
    July 31, 2003
    2004 Posts
    Posted: October 30, 2003, 8:48 am - IP Logged

    Cash Only, I like your thinking, I would take the CASH TOO.  LOL  HAHAHAHAHA

      Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
      United States
      Member #487
      July 15, 2002
      17638 Posts
      Posted: October 30, 2003, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

      With this economy, they better take cash...10 years from now..money may be obsolete.

      If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

      You never know when you will get another hit.

        United States
        Member #379
        June 5, 2002
        11296 Posts
        Posted: November 3, 2003, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

        What's with the women being so indecisive?

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          Terre Haute, IN
          United States
          Member #2694
          November 4, 2003
          1 Posts
          Posted: November 4, 2003, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

          Congrats to all of the winners!!  I am glad to see a few Hoosiers coming out on top.  I always said that if I ever win big...I will take care of my famiy and if a stranger or two ask for a helping hand and show me that they truly need the help then I would do so.  I keep in my heart what we all have been taught, you never know when that stranger could be an angel from God, seeing if you are humble to man kind.


            dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

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            Member #2338
            September 17, 2003
            2063 Posts
            Posted: November 5, 2003, 12:56 am - IP Logged

            no word yet if the father can stop paying support. if it was in washington state he still would even if he was making minimum wage the laws are that screwed up here

              United States
              Member #379
              June 5, 2002
              11296 Posts
              Posted: November 5, 2003, 8:13 am - IP Logged

              NY also deducts for child support.