March 12, 2013
Crete, Illinois woman has one-in-five shot at $1 million
Hoosier Lottery St. Patrick’s Day event will be lucky for one player
INDIANAPOLIS –An Illinois woman from the town of Crete, across the state line from Lake County, Indiana, may be the Hoosier Lottery’s next Lucky Millionaire, and she plans to pay it forward.
Bonita Henson-Turner is one of five finalists in the Hoosier Lottery’s upcoming Lucky Millionaire drawing. The drawing will be conducted live Friday at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. One of the five finalists will walk away with the million dollar prize.
“I’m nervous and excited,” said Henson-Turner. “I’m looking forward to it!”
Henson-Turner said if she is lucky enough to win the $1 million she would use it to buy a new home and then help people. Henson-Turner is raising three special needs children. It has always been her dream to open a facility to help disabled adults. A $1 million prize would bring her that much closer to her dream.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Henson-Turner. “If it happens, it will be something I can use to help and serve a lot of people.”
To become a finalist, Henson-Turner entered a non-winning Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off ticket into the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire mylottery second-chance drawing at hoosierlottery.com. She 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, Shane Dorsett of Bedford and Chris Ziegler of Valparaiso.
Henson-Turner’s purchased her non-winning entry ticket at Speedway at 1085 Joliet Road in Dyer, Ind.
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.
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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