Lottery winner: Just be yourself


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Circle K clerk Toni Bricker sells a lottery ticket to Hollie Scave of Seymour on Tuesday at the Circle K at Tipton and O'Brien streets in Seymour. Powerball reached its highest estimated jackpot at $425 million for tonight's drawing.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Circle K clerk Connie Frost rings up a lottery ticket for a customer on Tuesday at the Cirlce K gas station at Tipton Street and Sandy Creek Drive in Seymour. Powerball reached its largest estimated jackpot at $425 million for tonight's drawing.

A Brownstown couple who purchased a Powerball ticket that paid $1 million Aug. 15 have seen some small changes in their lives since that day.

“We always screen our calls now, and if we don’t know who it is, we don’t answer,” said Steve Edwards, who correctly picked five of the six numbers on a Powerball ticket to win the million dollars. He did not pick the Powerball correctly, or he would have won the $377 million jackpot.

What kind of odds did the Edwards overcome to win that $1 million? One in 5.15 million. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are even heftier — one in 175.2 million. The odds of being struck by lightning are better at one in a million.

The potential winner of tonight’s Powerball drawing, which had an estimated jackpot of $500 million Tuesday afternoon, might have to do more than just screen telephone calls.

Edwards said he and his wife, Joan, have not been bothered by people asking for help, although that’s been known to plague some lottery jackpot winners.

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