FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2010
 
 $2.5 Million Lotto Prize Claimed!
 
INDIANAPOLIS – We have a winner!  Hoosier Lottery players can stop searching for the $2.5 million winning Hoosier Lotto ticket purchased at Meijer C-Stop #134 at 5303 E. Southport Road in Indianapolis in August. 
 
Eric and Lori White of Indianapolis walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters today and presented the $2.5 million winning Hoosier Lotto ticket, three days before the claim deadline.
 
The ticket everybody has been looking for had been sitting on the couple's desk since the August 19 drawing.
 
"I heard on the news this week that there was an unclaimed ticket at the store not too far from where we live, so I asked Eric to check our tickets," said Lori White. 
 
After two days of prodding, and even texting him from another room, Lori White finally convinced her husband to check the stack of lottery tickets on the desk in their home office.     
 
"If it hadn't been for watching the news this week we wouldn't have known," said Lori White. "We have two small kids so there's a lot of SpongeBob on in our house, so we hadn't heard about it (on the news) until this week."
 
The couple laughed and joked about their $2.5 million near-miss as they claimed their prize just shy of the Monday, Feb. 22 claim deadline. The deadline to claim the ticket was recently extended from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22, 2010 after an incorrect claim date was widely reported.
 
The couple say they plan to "be responsible" with their winnings and say they will likely put the money toward their childrens' college educations.
  
"This is such a happy ending!  We are so excited to be able to introduce these winners,"  said Hoosier Lottery Public Relations Manager Lucia Anderson. "This is a word of advice to players to always check your tickets.  Sign the back of your tickets and always check your tickets after every drawing!"
 
The couple elected to take the cash option and received a one-time lump sum payment of $974,247 before taxes. The store will receive a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
 
All Hoosier Lottery winning numbers are available at www.hoosierlottery.com and on the Hoosier Lottery Winning Numbers Hotline 1-800-955-6886.
 
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
 
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photos:  Eric and Lori White claim their $2.5 million prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters. 
 
For additional information please contact Lucia Anderson, Hoosier Lottery Public Relations Manager at 317-264-4805 or landerson@hoosierlottery.com.
 

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