And it will not cost him a penny until the tax man catches up with him next year.
Tindol said he had no idea he would be the big winner when he walked into the Horseshoe Casino in Boosier City, La., on March 8.
He was one of 100 customers who had purchased a chance to win a $65,000, 2014 Mercedes Benz ML 350 sports utility vehicle.
He said he was sitting in the casino, a business he has often visited, with his ticket when the drawing was held, and the winning number was announced.
Naturally, he had no trouble remembering that magic number as he stood outside T’s Honky Tonk in downtown Beeville last week.
He rattled off the figures quickly as he admired the pearly-white vehicle parked just outside the door, “301556,” he said.
“It’s got everything,” Tindol said as he opened the door to reveal a plush, leather interior.
Passengers can play DVDs or talk on the telephone using Bluetooth wireless headsets. “You can even get on the Internet,” Tindol gushed.
He was happy to shake hands with anyone who wanted to see if some of that good luck could rub off on them.
Standing behind the bar at the business with his brother, Travis, Tindol was only slightly reluctant to share the story of his good fortune.
“When they called out my number, I jumped up and started waving my arms.
“I heard somebody yelling and, hell, it was me,” the George West resident said.