ALBANY, La. – A Hammond-area man will take home $700,000 after taxes for hitting the Powerball for $1 million, according to Louisiana Lottery officials.
Eric Bankston, 50, who had recently moved from Washington back to Louisiana, stopped on his way to visit some friends and bought a Quick Pick ticket for the June 29 drawing, Les Patin, a spokesman for the lottery, said.
Bankston, stunned by the reality of hitting the lottery, rushed to wake up his mother with news of the jackpot, according to Patin.
“He woke me up and said, ‘Mom, I think I won $1 million!’ and I said, ‘Oh, shut up, Eric!’” his mother told lottery officials.
Bankston still is in doubt that he won the prize: “It’s surreal. I don’t believe it. I won’t believe it until the money is in my account.”
He purchased his ticket at Kangaroo Express #3767 in Albany. The store will receives $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Among his plans with his winnings, Bankston said he wants to buy a sailboat.