By Kelly Dickey
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Benjamin Jarrett always he knew what he’d do if he won the lottery, until he actually did.
“You always fantasize how you’re going to spend your money if you win,” the 41-year-old Anderson man said Monday. “(But) you don’t have a clue how you’ll spend the money.”
Jarrett and Yorktown's Robert Knoblock hit the jackpot recently, each winning $1 million.
Jarrett won when he got the first five numbers in the Dec. 4 Powerball drawing. His girlfriend, Toni Qualls, called to tell him he hit all the numbers except the Powerball.
Jarrett said it would have been great to get that final number, but it doesn’t make too much of a difference to him.
“I’m not a greedy person,” Jarrett said. “I would have been happy with wining $100. As it rolled out, I didn’t, and I’m only happier.”
Qualls and Jarrett plan to use some of their winnings to visit the Florida Keys after Christmas, buy some new vehicles, go on a cruise in January and invest in stocks and bonds.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time, Jarrett said. His mother died in November, and he believes she was looking out for him.
Friends have also been looking out for Jarrett. He said countless people have called, emailed and texted to congratulate him.
None of them have hit him up for money, though.
“No one’s come out of the woodwork,” Jarrett said. “There’s a select group I would loan money to, but none of them need it.”
Jarrett said he’s not worried about the “lottery curse” some winners experience. He plans on spending his money wisely and investing it.
“You’re not going to hear that I’m going to be broke in six months,” he said. “That’s not me.”
Jarrett has had a few run-ins with the law. In 2006 he was arrested for check deception, but the case was dismissed.
"I've had a few over-nighters," he said. "But it doesn't have anything to do with me winning the lottery."
The area's other recent lottery winner, Knoblock, claimed $1 million from a field of 30 finalists in the Hoosier Lottery Black second-chance promotion.
Knoblock and his wife, Angela, received their check Dec. 6 and plan to get a new truck and pay bills with their winnings, according to a press release.
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