Gary, Ind. native claims $74M Powerball pot

April 29, 2011 3:27:01 PM PDT
Bill Swanson netted a $74 million Powerball jackpot after making a lucky ticket purchase in Merrillville, Indiana earlier in April.

Swanson is a Gary native who lives in Texas. He was back in northwest Indiana visiting his mom when he bought his winning ticket at the Meijer store near I-65 and Lincoln Highway in Merrillville.

"I really couldn't believe it until I could see the ticket, and even when I saw the ticket, I actually don't think we really believed it until a little while ago," said Swanson.

Swanson's jackpot comes after two Clarksville, Indiana men won a $221 million jackpot earlier in April.

There have been 38 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets sold in Indiana, the most of any state in the U.S.