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Indiana prosecutor wins $50,000 lottery prize

Dec 5, 2008, 2:56 pm

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Wells County Prosecutor Michael Lautzenheiser of Bluffton won $50,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the Hoosier Lottery said Thursday.

A second $50,000 ticket sold in Fort Wayne had not been redeemed, the lottery said in a statement.

Lautzenheiser bought his winning ticket at Pak A Sak, 904 S. Main St. in Bluffton, according to the lottery's statement. He said he has been playing the lottery for six months.

With three children in college and a fourth going soon, "I figured it was time to start playing," Lautzenheiser said in the statement. The statement said he and his wife, Deborah, intend to give some of the money to each of their children.

The other $50,000 ticket was bought from Dupont Citgo at 3710 E. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.

Both tickets matched four numbers and the Powerball number for a $10,000 prize. Since each was bought with Power Play, the wins become $50,000 each.

The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 16, 17, 21, 25 and 55. The Powerball was 3. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

No one won the jackpot Wednesday, so Saturday's drawing is for an estimated $30 million.

The $57.6 million jackpot from the Nov. 22 drawing is still unclaimed.

The winning ticket was purchased from Kanti's Life Style at 111 Monument Circle No. 262 in Indianapolis. The winner has 180 days after the drawing to claim the prize.

Prizes of $50,000 or more must be claimed at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

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