January 11, 2011

$2 million win offers fresh start for Scratch-off winner

Carrillo PerezINDIANAPOLIS – Things are looking up in 2011 for Jose Carrillo-Perez.  After a rough 2010, the Bluffton man is looking forward to a “fresh start” now that he has won $2 million on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. 

The Wells County man received an initial payment of $100,000 when he presented his winning ticket at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis yesterday.  He will receive $100,000 every year for the next 19 years. 

Carrillo-Perez is looking forward to having a little less stress thanks to his additional income, but has no plans to quit his job at the Kroger Distribution Center in Bluffton where he has worked for the last ten years.

“I like to work,” said Carrillo-Perez. “I’m a hard working person. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t work.”

Carrillo-Perez moved to Bluffton about a year and a half ago from Fort Wayne where he lived for 10 years prior to that.  He plans to buy a house in the area with his winnings.

“I want a house with a garage,” said Carriollo-Perez. “I’ve never had a garage.”

He also wants to use the extra income to help his 17 year-old daughter go to college.

“I want an easier life for her than I’ve had,” said Carrillo-Perez.

Carrillo-Perez purchased his winning ticket at Speedway at 2302 Fairfield Ave. in Fort Wayne.  He is the first lucky player to claim a $2 million top prize on the Hoosier Lottery’s $10 Monopoly® Scratch-off game.  Two top prizes of $2 million remain unclaimed at this time.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets.

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For more information, please contact Megan Wright at mwright@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4805.

Photo:  Jose Carrillo-Perez shows off his Monopoly® Scratch-off winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

 

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