Powerball Winner Roger Custer from Levittown in Pennsylvania was the lucky winner of the $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn on 5th December 2012.
He matched the winning numbers from the Powerball results of 13, 17, 19, 27, 38 and the red Powerball 12, he was destined for a fabulous Christmas and very happy retirement.
The Powerball winner from Pennsylvania presented the ticket for validation at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. The Lottery Deputy Executive Director for Marketing and Product Development Drew Svitko presented a ceremonial cheque for $33,134,526.18 to Custer who attended the press conference with his wife Linda, and several other members of his family.
Kevin Carlson won a $71.5 million Powerball jackpot in December 2013 but opted to not take part in any press event for his win.
“I’m delighted to introduce Roger Custer as the Pennsylvania Lottery’s 16th Powerball jackpot winner, but older Pennsylvanians are also big winners,” said Svitko.
“Powerball and Power Play sales in 2012 have generated more than $105 million dollars for important programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.”
Custer told officials that he decided to play Powerball on a whim at a Fairless Hills news and tobacco shop. “After stopping for supplies for a hunting trip, I purchased two Powerball tickets, a Treasure Hunt ticket, and some instant tickets,” The Powerball winner from Pennsylvania said.
“I won $5 on the instant ticket and gave it to my wife. I kept the Powerball tickets in my wallet during the five days I was hunting.”
When he returned from the hunt, Custer went on to say, “A friend mentioned that the jackpot-winning ticket was sold nearby and I jokingly said, ‘I’m the winner.’
“I went home, handed the ticket to my wife, and said, ‘Check this and tell me how many millions we’ve won.’” Apparently Linda checked the ticket and screamed, “You’d better not be kidding me, Roger.”
John and Susan Brands won $96.5 million in March 2014 and Susan was also sceptical at first when her husband told her of their lottery success.
After discovering he had won the Powerball jackpot, Custer very wisely told only immediate members of his family. “I’ll be doing a lot more hunting and fishing, for sure” he joked with officials. “The best part about winning the Powerball jackpot is being able to take care of my family,” said Custer. “It’s a good feeling to know that my family will never have to worry.” Custer bought the ticket containing the winning Powerball numbers at Levittown News & Tobacco at 411 South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The owner, Rakesh “Rocky” Raina earned a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. He very generously said that he would share the money with relatives, friends, employees, the local fire company, police and food banks.
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