March 12, 2013

 Bedford business-owner has one-in-five shot at $1 million

Hoosier Lottery St. Patrick’s Day event will be lucky for one player

DorsettINDIANAPOLIS –A Bedford resident may be the Lottery’s next Lucky Millionaire.  Shane Dorsett is one of five finalists in the Hoosier Lottery’s upcoming Lucky Millionaire drawing.  The drawing will be conducted live at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival March 15. One of the five finalists will walk away with the million dollar prize.

“A one-in-five chance is the best chance a guy could ask for,” said Dorsett. “This is a dream I’ve always had, just like anybody that plays the Lottery, and I come by my love of the Lottery honestly.  My dad was a huge fan and I am too.”

Dorsett owns D&S Excavating, a small family business in Bedford. He and his wife Shannon have two daughters, 11-year-old Jasmyn and 12-year-old Brianna. 

For Dorsett, the Lucky Millionaire drawing comes at a moment in his life that is somewhat of a milestone regardless of what happens in the drawing.  A two-decade old injury resulted in the partial amputation of one of Dorsett’s legs in January of this year. Dorsett is scheduled to receive a prosthetic leg on Wednesday, just two days before the Lucky Millionaire drawing. 

“I plan to walk on that stage,” said Dorsett.

The 34-year-old struggled to fight back tears as he talked about what he would do with the winnings if his name is called.

“It’s hard to fathom.  I’ll pay for my leg and my wife needs a new car.  We’ll start college funds for the kids and pay off the house,” said Dorsett.

To become a finalist, Dorsett entered a non-winning Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off ticket into the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire mylottery second-chance drawing at  He was one of five players selected to win $500 and a one-in-five shot at $1 million. The other four finalists are Michael Richardson of Warsaw, Lorrie Warner of Warsaw, Bonita Henson-Turner of Crete, IL and Chris Ziegler of Valparaiso.  

This is the second million-dollar drawing associated with the Hoosier Lottery’s mylottery Lucky Millionaire second chance promotion.  Greg Langel of South Bend won the first $1 million drawing in September 2012. Players may continue to enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to be a part of the third and final Lucky Millionaire drawing. A date for that drawing has not been announced. 

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.

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