March 22, 2012
East Chicago man claims $1 million Mega Millions® prize
INDIANAPOLIS – An East Chicago man is the Hoosier Lottery’s latest millionaire. Louis Naumoff, or “Lottery Louis” as his brother has started calling him, missed a $241 million jackpot by one number in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. The Lake County man was lucky enough to win $1 million thanks to his insistence on always adding Megaplier.
Naumoff’s lucky ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Megaball number, in the March 20 drawing. Those winning numbers were: 1-4-6-11-14 MB: 30. The Megaplier number was 4, which multiplied Naumoff’s $250,000 prize to a sweet $1 million.
Naumoff’s lucky numbers were numbers of his own choosing that he has been playing for some time. He says he plans to pay bills, pay off his mother’s house and “enjoy life” with his winnings.
Naumoff purchased his lucky ticket at Nick’s Liquor Mart at 4702 Calumet Avenue in Hammond. To celebrate the Hammond win and Friday’s $290 million jackpot, Hoosier Lottery officials will be at that retail location giving away coupons good for free Mega Millions with Megaplier tickets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 23.
Although nobody hit the jackpot, Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing produced several winners in the Hoosier state. Jeff Bray of Fishers and Jeff Sexton of Kokomo claimed $40,000 prizes from that drawing. A $250,000 prize won on a ticket purchased at GasAmerica at 965 North German Church Road in Cumberland has yet to be claimed. That ticket matched the first five numbers, but did not include Megaplier.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly.
The Hoosier Lottery is committed to providing innovative and entertaining lottery games for the benefit of the citizens of Indiana. In fiscal year 2011, the Hoosier Lottery generated $188 million in net income 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 $495 million and $56 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has generated $4 billion in net income for the citizens of Indiana, nearly $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out $8.5 billion in player prizes.
For more information, please contact Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-242-8803.
Photo: Louis Naumoff with his winnings.