ST. FRANCISVILLE — Larry Willett has a pretty simple bucket list of things he wants to do in life.
The 66-year-old St. Francisville resident was able to cross off an item when he won the $228,798 Louisiana Lottery Easy 5 jackpot prize in the Jan. 10 drawing.
Retiring after a 39-year career with an oil company in Port Vincent, Willett’s list included moving to the country, building a cabin out of cypress and winning a big lottery jackpot, among other things. He built a little cabin in West Feliciana, where he lives with his fiancée and two dogs. He said he has been buying lottery tickets for different games twice a week since its inception.
“Can’t complain for a dollar to get that much money,” Willett said. “And I say, ‘You can’t win if you don’t get a ticket.’ ”
He purchased his ticket at Jett’s Food Mart on U.S. 61. He learned about his winning numbers by looking up the results on his home computer.
“After I won, I went into the convenience store where I bought the ticket, and I asked the young lady if they had any winners in the past week, and she said ‘no,’ and I said, ‘Are you sure about that?’ ” Willett said with a laugh. “I just called the lottery office, and they told me what to do.”
Willett said he doesn’t want attention “because it’s not like I won the big one (Powerball). But I did pretty well, and the state and federal governments did well, too.”
He received a check for $160,159 after state and federal tax withholdings. The store received a selling bonus of $2,288, 1 percent of the prize.
Willett said he plans to use the money to do some work on his cabin and put the rest in savings. He doesn’t plan anything else too extravagant.
“I’m a retiree, so it will carry me for a few more years,” he said. “I pretty much stay around the place here because there’s enough things to do to keep me busy. I want to finish my bucket list and build a barn, but I don’t have much else I want.”