Last year felt like a roll of the dice for Rob and Tuesday Anderson, a couple who make Toyota seats at a Johnson Controls Inc. plant in Georgetown, Ky. They, along with other auto parts workers, were stressed by plant closings and layoff worries.
But things suddenly have gotten way better.
The Andersons have won the state Powerball jackpot, worth $128.6 million, or $63.4 million in cash.
Both Andersons have worked -- until now, at least -- at the Johnson Controls seating plant, building seats for Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky Inc. Over the past year, Toyota has coped with slow U.S. sales by cutting production schedules and leaving suppliers such as Johnson Controls to idle workers. The supplier reported a net loss of $338 million for its fiscal year ending Sept 30, 2009.
Rob Anderson, 39, told local reporters that his wife sent him out on Christmas Eve to a Georgetown gas station to buy three $1 Powerball tickets to give as Christmas stocking stuffers. The cashier mistakenly gave Anderson a single $3 ticket with three lottery numbers on it, according to Anderson's comments to the press. Anderson put the $3 ticket in his pocket and paid the cashier to print out three more individual tickets.
The winning number appeared on the ticket that began as a mistake.
Tuesday Anderson told reporters that she intends to use some of the winnings to buy a new car, but did not specify what brand.