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Lottery winner 'just skating through' after $1 million prize

The television cameras moved in a little tighter, and the dancing Powerball mascot continued to bounce behind him and wave her arms.

But Robert Kincaid kept his face straight, with nary a smile or any other kind of emotion escaping from under the visor of his "#1 GRANDPA" ball cap.

"I'm hating this," he said. "I can't wait to get back to being a dad and grandpa so bad. I'm not built for this."

Kincaid may have had no taste for the cameras, but he had plenty of reasons to be happy while standing in the Lassus Handy Dandy near the corner of Dupont and Lima roads Thursday.

About 1 million reasons, actually.

Lottery officials announced Kincaid, of Fort Wayne, as the buyer of a $1 million Powerball ticket at the Lassus last Saturday.

During a news conference Monday, Kincaid said he did not know he had won until the day after he made his purchase.

He quickly called his daughter, Heidi Buhl, in California.

"She didn't buy it," he said.

After she checked the numbers herself, Heidi said she probably let out a few swear words. She said she's still getting used to the fact her dad won.

"Even today, I'm saying, 'You won a million dollars!'" she said.

Kincaid said some of his winnings are already being stashed away for his five grandchildren, and he planned on buying a new truck Thursday.

After that, though, he hadn't planned yet on what else to do with the influx of cash.

"I'm just skating through right now," when a TV reporter asked how he was doing Thursday.

The Saturday that Kincaid bought his ticket, 16 nationwide matched numbers on their Powerball tickets with the exception of the Powerball itself, according to Indiana Lottery spokesman Al Larsen.

Out of 4,000 retailers throughout the state, only one – the Lassus at 10040 Lima Road where Kincaid bought his – produced a winner.

By this Saturday, the Powerball jackpot is expected to reach $475 million, the third highest North American jackpot of all time, Larsen said.

The cash prize for that jackpot would be roughly $302 million.

Kincaid described himself as a regular lottery player who has won $500 before, but "nothing to write home about."

He has no secret numbers or strategy. He just plays.

"Just play it. Somebody's going to win it," he said.

And he planned to play again this weekend.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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