Chance Hoosier Lottery purchases produce big wins

Scratch-off players win big in Fort Wayne, Richmond and Bedford!

INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2014) - Laura Keller of Fort Wayne is a faithful Hoosier Lottery Player. She picks up her Mega Millions® and Powerball® tickets each Friday for the Kellerweekend drawings, but she never expected a last minute purchase of the Lucky 7s Value Book game to change her life. The unplanned purchase paid off big with a $250,000 win.

Keller, who claimed the prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters on April 16, decided to purchase the $20 game because it is new and contains six different chances to win. After winning $40, she put $20 in her pocket and used half her winnings to purchase another Value Book - a decision that paid off to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars!

Keller plans to use her winnings to take her 15-year-old granddaughter on a trip to Disney World.

Four of the Lucky 7s Value Book's $250,000 top prizes are still unclaimed at this time.

Richmond, Bedford retailers sell $75,000 winning Scratch-offs

Nancy Bailey was shaking so hard after she realized her Fun 5s scratch-off purchase was worth $75,000 that she had to sit down for 45 minutes just to calm down.

Bailey, a New Madison, Ohio resident, purchased the winning ticket on April 10 at Low Bob's on National Road East in Richmond, Indiana. Like Keller's quarter-of-a-million-dollars score, Bailey's win was also the result of a spur-of-the-moment purchase.

"I scratched the ticket off there in the store and I couldn't believe it. I was astonished!" Bailey explained.

Bailey has been married to her husband Randy for 42 years. They plan to use the money to relax and visit their grandkids.

Bedford resident, Andy Albertson, also claimed a $75,000 top prize on the Fun 5s game.  Albertson claimed his prize April 17 after purchasing his winning ticket at Jackson Mini Mart at 3016 Mitchell Rd. in Bedford.

Five of the game's eight $75,000 prizes are unclaimed at this time.

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