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Grandparents visiting Louisiana win $1M Powerball

  • Associated Press
  • May 27, 2014 - 4:55 PM

SLIDELL, La. — Sometimes it pays to babysit.

A Wisconsin couple visiting Louisiana to babysit their grandchildren last week went home with a nice paycheck — a million dollars.

Lottery officials say 57-year-old Donald Marek and his wife, JoAnn, of Frederic, Wisconsin, bought a Quick Pick Powerball lottery ticket at a RaceTrac convenience store in Slidell. WAFB-TV (http://bit.ly/1pgur3b ) reports that ticket had five of the numbers drawn May 21, but missed the red Powerball number. The numbers drawn were: 4, 20, 34, 39, 58 and Powerball 31.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, the Mareks walked away with $700,000.

Donald Marek says he plans to put the money toward retirement.

The store received a one-time selling bonus of $10,000, or 1 percent of the prize.

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