FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2010
$9 Million Jackpot Won by Vietnam Veteran from Muncie
INDIANAPOLIS – After playing the same numbers for 20 years, a Muncie man has hit the jackpot. Jerry Jones
won $9 million
on a Hoosier Lotto
ticket purchased at Village Pantry at 4900 East Jackson St. in Muncie
. He matched all six numbers in the Wednesday, March 3 drawing - and defied odds of 1 in more than 12 million to do it.
This isn't the first time Jones has defied incredible odds. In a press conference at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters on Friday Jones explained that three of his winning numbers are related to his birthday and one of the numbers represents a day that is very meaningful to him. It is the day he was shot in Vietnam where he served as a Marine.
Jones' winning numbers are: 5-17-21-27-29-41.
"I saw the winning numbers on the computer screen," said Jones. "I held my ticket up against the screen and was just staring at it. I didn't know what to do - and I still don't!"
The first thing Jones did was turn the ticket over to get the phone number for Hoosier Lottery Customer Service.
"The nice woman on the phone asked me if I had signed the back of the ticket," said Jones. "I hadn't yet, so she said, 'Mr. Jones, do it now!'"
Jones has not decided if he will take payment as a $9 million 30 year annuity or in a lump sum of approximately $3.5 million. He has 60 days to decide. The 69-year-old says he will probably take the cash option.
"I already have everything that I want," said Jones.
Initially, Jones intends to purchase a new truck.
The Village Pantry that sold the winning ticket will receive a $90,000 bonus. (1% of $9 million capped at $100,000).
Jones is the tenth Hoosier Lotto winner since February 2009. He is the first Hoosier Lotto winner of 2010. The jackpot had been rolling for 9 weeks since it was last hit on Dec. 30, 2009 in New Albany for $5 million. That prize was claimed by Phyllis Stonecipher and Delores Wheeler of New Albany.
Saturday night's Hoosier Lotto jackpot is $1 million.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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