Crown Point man wins $1 million on a Scratch-off

Father-of-two plans to buy house and take his family to Disney World

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 11, 2013) -  A Crown Point man said his family was the first thing to flash through his mind when he scratched off a $1 million prize on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off this week.

Mendoza"I immediately thought of my family," said Rene Mendoza. "I can do a lot of things.  I can buy a house."

The Nortrak worker and father-of-two purchased and scratched his winning ticket at the BP AM/PM at 5601 West Lincoln Highway in Crown Point. He claimed his prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis Oct. 8.

Mendoza said the $10 ticket, an $80 Million Cash Spectacular ticket, is the family's ticket to a new home  - and a Disney World vacation his children will always remember.  Mendoza plans to take his children, ages eight and four, as well as his parents on a big family vacation to Disney World.

Profits from Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs, and all Hoosier Lottery games benefit Hoosiers in all 92 counties. In fiscal year 2011, the last year for which figures are available, the Hoosier Lottery contributed more than $67 million to Lake County including $42 million in prizes to winners, $5.9 million in bonuses to retailers, more than $7 million to firefighters, police and teachers pension support and $12 million to the Build Indiana Fund which reduces Lake County drivers' motor vehicle excise taxes.

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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 Hoosier Lottery earnings help reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.


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Photo: Rene Mendoza of Crown Point claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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