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lottery winner Highland Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Larry Chandler won $1 million in Wednesday night’s Powerball. (Credit: Indiana Lottery)

(CBS) – A Highland, Ind. man plans to help his mother, start a college fund for his daughter, and take his girlfriend to Red Lobster after winning $1 million in last night’s historic $587.5 million Powerball drawing.

What Larry Chandler of Highland isn’t going to do is quit working. Chandler, 34, a union electrician, said he’ll be back on the job Monday morning after he meets with a tax adviser and a financial planner.

The winning numbers in last night’s drawing were: 5-16-22-23-29 PB: 6.

Chandler, who played numbers of his own choosing, matched the first five of those numbers, but not the Powerball number. He’s not complaining.

“This kind of thing don’t happen to people like me — or me,” a jubilant Chandler told reporters Thursday. “I’ve never won anything in my life, and I play lots of different things.”

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

Employees there couldn’t be happier for him.

“I just had a feeling that it had come from this store. I was hoping it did.  I come in and sure enough, it was one of them,” cashier Stella Beaver said.

Chandler says financially times have been tough and the money helps. He’s looking forward to helping his mother out, saying, “She’s been working her whole life.”

Chandler says he deposited a check for about $713,000 Thursday morning. He looked forward to taking his girlfriend, Donna Eder, to dinner in the evening. Their destination: Red Lobster.