January 30, 2013

Everything is coming up roses for Madison couple

MorrisINDIANAPOLIS –  Maybe it was karma. Maybe sometimes things just have a way or working out.  Maybe it was a bonus for being the kind of husband who doesn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to give his wife roses.  Maybe it was dumb luck. 

Terry Morris of Madison doesn’t really care how you qualify it, or what you call it.  He just knows he went to the store last Friday evening to buy his wife flowers and he ended up with more than he ever expected.   In addition to flowers, the loving husband purchased a $50,000 winning Hoosier Lottery ticket.

“I went to buy Dawn roses because she had kind of a, well, a bad week,” said Morris. “I stopped at the gas station and got a Lottery ticket first.”

Morris scratched the $3 Yahtzee™ game in the parking lot of Murphy USA at 553 Ivy Tech Drive in Madison, discovered his win, and continued on his mission to get the flowers before returning home with roses and the winning Scratch-off.

 “It turned out to be a pretty good day.  A fantastic day!” said Dawn Morris.

“We’re gonna pay bills,” said Terry Morris. “It’ll be a sigh of relief. It really is an easy feeling knocking them out. The monkey’s off our back.”

The couple had been wrestling with some financial decisions that were weighing heavy on Dawn.

“The really weird thing is that the roses had a tag on them that said ‘freedom,’” said Dawn Morris as she fought back tears.  “That’s what this is, freedom from debt, all debt.  It really is the answer to our prayers.”

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.

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.



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Photo:  Terry and Dawn Morris claim their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Jan. 29 accompanied by their four-year-old daughter, Ella.

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