May 6, 2013

Benton County man scores second major Lottery win!

HavensINDIANAPOLIS - In his own words, Donald Havens of Earl Park, Ind., firmly believes "what you put out is what you get back."

The lucky man must be putting some good vibes out to the universe because it's sure sending some good luck back to him. Havens just claimed his second major Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off prize since 2010.

Havens and his wife Mary claimed a $150,000 top prize from the Winner Take All Scratch-off today at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.  In 2010 the welder claimed a $250,000 Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off prize.

"I couldn't believe it.  I think it was kind of meant to be," said Havens. "I've helped a lot of people."

With his 2010 windfall, the lucky man paid for his sister's knee replacement surgery, paid off his car and three houses; his own and his two son's houses.

With his current $150,000 windfall, the double-lucky man plans to continue to pay it forward.  His youngest child will start college in the fall with full tuition paid.

"I'm going to pay for my sister's other knee replacement surgery and pay off my mom's house," said Havens.

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.


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Photo: Donald Havens claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis May 6.

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