Bloomington woman wins $1 million on 
Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off

Lucky winner plans to pursue a master's degree

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2013) -  A Bloomington woman plans to invest in herself after winning $1 million on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off.  Pamela Hoffman said her recent win caught her off guard - and off balance!

Hoffman check"I was sitting on my porch with my dog  (when I scratched my ticket) and I first thought I won $1,000," said Hoffman.  "I looked a little closer and nearly fell out of my chair."

The human resources director purchased her winning ticket at Circle S Food Mart at 4200 S. R. 46 West in Bloomington.  She claimed her prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis Oct. 18 with her husband Ryan.

Hoffman said the $10 ticket, $120 Million Cash Spectacular , is one of three she purchased that day.  It is also her ticket to the master's degree she has been wanting to pursue, either an MBA or a master's of human resources. She also intends to invest a good majority of it for the future, but plans to take it slow while the magnitude of her windfall sinks in.

"It's overwhelming," said Hoffman.  "I don't know how to react yet."

Hoffman is the first lucky player to claim a $1 million prize on the new $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off. Seven more lucky winners will find out what it feels like to win $1 million on the game.  When the game launched in early August, it also offered 75 prizes of $25,000.  Only four of those prizes have been claimed so far, meaning there are still 71 prizes of $25,000 unclaimed at this time.

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Photo: Pamela Hoffman of Bloomington claims her winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters with her husband Ryan Hoffman.

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