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Evansville Family Claims Fall Festival Half Pot


The family wants to remain anonymous after winning half of the record $1.8 million jackpot

An Evansville family has won the Fall Festival Half Pot. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The West Side Nut Club says the winning ticket, worth more than $900 thousand dollars before taxes, was purchased by a family that lives in Evansville and attends Christian Fellowship Church.

The church’s pastor spoke to reporters on behalf of the family that wished to remain anonymous.

Pastor Dale Beaver said the family feels “overwhelmingly blessed” to win the jackpot.

The father works for a local company, the mother works for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and their family grew by adoption.

Beaver says the family loves the community and volunteers for several local non-profits.

He says the family is “carefully planning a budget” for the winnings, including paying off their mortgage, their parents’ homes, debts, planning for their children’s college, vehicles, a vacation, and a swimming pool.

Beaver says the family also plans to donate some of the money to non-profits.

The Nut Club will donate the other half of the jackpot to local organizations.