Bethlehem Steel retiree in Hobart wins $200,000

WashkoINDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 29, 2013) -  Retirement just got a little sweeter for one Lake County man. On August 28, retired Bethlehem Steel electrician and Hobart resident, Philip Washko, grabbed a buddy and made the trip a lot of people dream of making. After a two-hour drive down I-65, the lucky man walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis and presented a winning Mix and Match ticket worth $200,000.

As he waited briefly for his winnings, Washko talked about what it feels like to suddenly find himself in a position all Hoosier Lottery players dream about. 

"It's surreal," said Washko. "If you've never had that kind of money you don't know what to do. I'm going to think about it. I've always been a frugal person."

Washko's win came courtesy of a set of numbers he selected randomly.  He matched five of five numbers on one line in the August 13 Mix and Match drawing. The winning numbers, Washko's lucky numbers, were: 3-19-26-29-39.

The electrician of 32 years retired in 2003 and wants to proceed carefully and "think on it a bit" before making any purchases - but he's glad for the opportunity to do so.

"It's a life changer," said Washko. "It's not a million, but it's going to change everything."

Profits from the sale of Mix and Match, and all Hoosier Lottery games, benefit all 92 Indiana counties. In fiscal year 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, more than $67.7 million went to Lake County, including $42.3 million in prizes to winners, $5.9 million in commissions and bonuses to retailers, more than $7 million to support firefighters, police and teachers pension and retirement funds and $12 million to the Build Indiana Fun where it ultimately reduced Lake County residents' license plate costs.

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ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.

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Photo:  Philip Washko claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

 

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