Evansville shoe salesman wins $125,000

WebsterINDIANAPOLIS – An Evansville man’s day took an unexpected turn when he purchased a winning Lottery ticket worth $125,000 last Thursday.  Wendell Webster was on his way to work at a comfort shoe store Thursday morning when his routine morning stop for a soda and a donut unexpectedly netted him a $125,000 Hoosier Lottery win.

Webster purchased a winning $125,000 Taxes Paid Scratch-off at Fastbreak at 2119 East Morgan Ave. in Evansville.  He scratched his ticket, as he does a couple mornings a week, while eating his donut in the store.  He was shocked to see the $125,000 prize appear, so he took the ticket to the cashier for a second opinion.

“The cashier started jumping up and down and screaming,” said Webster.

Webster wasted no time.  He was at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis by late afternoon to claim his winnings.   While he appeared calm and collected as waited for his check, he insisted his cool demeanor  was  misleading .

“I’m only calm on the outside,”  said Webster.

The Vanderburgh County man says he plans to do some work on his house and help out some family members with his winnings.

Because Webster won on the $125,000 Taxes Paid Scratch-off, he actually received a check in the amount of $125,000. The Hoosier Lottery pays standard federal and state withholding on the $125,000 prize.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from sale of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.


The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets.


For more information, please contact Megan Wright at or 317-264-4805.

Photo:  Wendell Webster with his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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