April 30, 2013
$10 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot claimed!
Hoosier Lottery officials to present $100,000 bonus to Falcon Mart in Cayuga Wednesday
INDIANAPOLIS - The $10 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot won at Falcon Mart at 999 State Road 234 in Cayuga has been claimed.
The lucky winner's name is Cledus "Jack" Potts. On Monday, the retired mechanic presented Lottery officials with a Hoosier Lotto ticket that matched all six numbers in the April 27 Hoosier Lotto drawing. He walked out a multi-millionaire.
The winner hails from the Vermillion County town of Newport which has a population of 515. Newport, like Cayuga, is near the Indiana-Illinois border.
The six winning numbers in the April 27 drawing were: 7-13-23-41-43-45. Potts' ticket matched all six numbers, which entitled him to the $10 million jackpot paid as a 30-year annuity. Potts elected to take the cash option instead and received a lump sum of $3.3 million ($3,374,365) before taxes.
Potts' wife Sharon was unable to accompany him to Indianapolis to make the claim, (she was babysitting for two of the couple's five grandchildren) but she is sharing in the spoils. She is also the one who discovered the win.
"She was checking the numbers on the computer Sunday morning. She woke me up asking if she could buy a new ring she'd been asking for forever," said Potts. "Of course I told her 'no.' Then she said, 'What if I told you we just hit the Lottery?' I said 'I reckon.'"
The Potts have three grown children and five grandchildren. In addition to a replacement wedding ring, the lucky couple is excited to use some of their winnings to remodel their home. Beyond that, they have no specific plans for their windfall.
"There's nothing I need or want," said Potts. "I've got a healthy family."
Falcon Mart to receive $100,000 bonus Wednesday
Hoosier Lottery officials will be in Cayuga Wednesday to present a $100,000 bonus check to Falcon Mart for selling the Hoosier Lotto jackpot-winning ticket.
- Where: Falcon Mart at 999 State Road 234 in Cayuga
- When: Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
For more information, please contact Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4805 or Betsy Gutierrez at email@example.com or 317-264-4852.
Photo: Cledus "Jack" Potts claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.