Winning the lottery, at least once, is a dream that many people have. Roy and Barb Hamer of Leesburg, not only won the lottery, they also hit the jackpot, and it was huge.
Barb said that when they checked their ticket, her eyes went blank, then Roy looked at it and said “oh, my god! they all match!”
In addition, at first there was some initial confusion over how much money they had won.
Laughing, Barb Hammer said that they thought they had only won ten million. Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, the Hamers had won $41.5 million playing Powerball.
Barb commented that she and Roy have stayed together and still have the money, which totaled to $13 million after taxes. She said that they didn’t buy yachts, they bought a marina. According to Barb, “Who needs a yacht when you have a marina?”
When they purchased the marina in Kosciusko County, they just sold gas. Today, it is a successful bar and restaurant that usually employs about 60 people during the summer. State lottery
Her other big splurge is difficult to miss: Roy bought her a really nice diamond and Barb said that was her toilet cleaning diamond. They also purchased a cigar store Indian. Barb explained that was the first thing they ever bought and they still had him.
The Powerball game that made the Hamers millionaires has turned out more winners in Indiana than any other state. The top retailer in the state is the Silver Express store on West 10th Street. The store generally sells over 50 different kinds of scratch-off games, and even draws in customers with extra chances for a spin to win.
Some lottery winners have said that more money means more responsibility, from deciding how to invest the money to dealing with all of the taxes.
Many said that the most difficult challenge was dealing with people who think they have endless amounts of money. The fact is that if you win $1 million, after taxes your take home check is just over $700,000.
The Hamers said that winning the lottery changed their lifestyle, but not who they were: They are happy and now, rich people.