Two Indiana tickets just missed giant Powerball prize

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Hoosier Lottery officials say Indiana retailers sold two tickets that just missed on winning a share of the giant Powerball jackpot.

While the two winning tickets for the estimated $587.5 million jackpot were sold in Arizona and Missouri, two tickets sold in Indiana are worth $1 million each.

The Hoosier Lottery said Thursday that 34-year-old Larry Chandler of the Lake County town of Highland and Pat Wilkerson of the Knox County town of Bruceville bought tickets that matched the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, but missed the Powerball, so each collects $1 million.

Wilkerson shared her winnings with her children, Michelle Cummins and Sean Wilkerson, both of Vincennes. Each received about $333,000 before taxes. Bruceville is located outside Vincennes.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

Larry Chandler is the winner from Highland. He plans to help his mother, start a college fund for his daughter and take his girlfriend to Red Lobster after winning $1 million.

Chandler is a 34-year-old union electrician and he plans to keep working. He says he'll be back on the job Monday morning after he meets with a tax advisor and a financial planner.

Chandler, who played numbers of his own choosing, matched the first five of those numbers, but not the Powerball number. He was all smiles as he claimed his winnings.

"This doesn't happen to me!" said Chandler. "It's crazy. I've never won anything."

Chandler purchased his million-dollar ticket at Highland Citgo at 8317 Kennedy Avenue in Highland.

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