Hobart man wins $200,000 in lottery
Post-Tribune Staff Report August 29, 2013 6:08PM
Philip Washko, Hobart, won $200,000 in the Hoosier Lottery's Mix and Match game Aug. 29, 2013. | Photo provided/Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:33AM
Retirement just got a little sweeter for a Hobart man.
On Wednesday, retired Bethlehem Steel electrician and Philip Washko grabbed a buddy and made the trip a lot of people dream of making. After a two-hour drive down Interstate 65, Washko walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis and presented a winning Mix and Match ticket worth $200,000.
As he waited for his winnings, Washko talked about what it feels like to suddenly find himself in a position all Hoosier Lottery players dream about.
“It’s surreal,” said Washko. “If you’ve never had that kind of money you don’t know what to do. I’m going to think about it. I’ve always been a frugal person.”
Washko’s win came courtesy of a set of numbers he selected randomly. He matched five of five numbers on one line in the Aug. 13 Mix and Match drawing. The winning numbers, Washko’s lucky numbers, were: 3-19-26-29-39.
The electrician of 32 years retired in 2003 and wants to proceed carefully and “think on it a bit” before making any purchases, but he’s glad for the opportunity to do so.
“It’s a life changer,” said Washko. “It’s not a million, but it’s going to change everything.”