May 7, 2013

$200,000 winner has advice for aspiring winners

wALKERINDIANAPOLIS - A Grant County man is the first lucky Hoosier to claim a $200,000 top prize on the Hoosier Lottery's new Powerball and Mega Millions-themed Scratch-off.

Willie Walker of Marion bought his lucky $200,000 ticket last Thursday at Food Express at 1402 West Second Street when he stopped in to grab something for dinner.  As he claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters today, Walker, who described himself as an occasional player, offered some advice for wanna-be winners.

"If you don't play, you aren't ever gonna win," said Walker. 

With an estimated $139 million up for grabs in tonight's Mega Millions drawing, wanna-be winners would be wise to heed Willie's advice.  Just $1 buys a shot at tonight's Mega Millions jackpot. Players have until 10:44 p.m. Eastern to get their tickets.

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 or 317-264-4805 or Betsy Gutierrez at or 317-264-4852.

Photo:  Willie Walker of Marion claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis May 7.

Must be 18 or Older to Play. Please Play Responsibly.

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