January 12, 2005
No Hummer. No mansion. No fancy clothes.
Tim and Donna Sindel of Mesa have better plans for the $3.9 million — after taxes — they won in a recent Powerball drawing.
They’re going to invest it, the couple said during a news conference at the Arizona Lottery’s Phoenix office.
"We had the fantasies —buy this, buy that," said Tim Sindel, who retired three years ago after 27 years as a Phoenix police officer. "I want this money to work for me."
Now their parents will be more comfortable. Their grandchildren — three so far — will have funds for college. Donna Sindel, who’s still working in Phoenix parking enforcement, plans to take her retirement earlier than planned. They already had been fortunate on another front — their son, a U.S. Marine, recently returned home safely after seven months in Iraq, Tim Sindel said.
"If you don’t have the family, the money’s not worth it," he said. Tim Sindel has played for about eight years with the same numbers. He hit the Dec. 22 drawing for a $30.9 million jackpot, which he shared with winners in Nebraska and Pennsylvania. The Sindels opted for the lump-sum payout
The Safeway store at University Drive and Lindsay Road received a $25,000 bonus from Arizona Lottery.