December 21, 2012
Fort Wayne man experiences some early holiday
magic with $100,000 Hoosier Lottery prize
INDIANAPOLIS – A Fort Wayne man is smiling a little more today than he has been lately after winning $100,000 on a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket, just in time for the holidays.
By his own account, Bradley Reed has had a tough few months including car trouble that led him to a used car dealer to buy a vehicle last night. After picking up a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, Reed needed a cup of coffee and a mental diversion, so he picked up a $5 Jingle Jackpot scratch-off at Circle K at 2304 Sherman Boulevard in Fort Wayne. After scratching it in the car and realizing he had won a $100,000 top prize, Reed hurried home to show the ticket to his wife, Rita.
“She didn’t believe it at first,” said Reed. “I think she was looking for a disclaimer on the back of the ticket that said something like, ‘The Reeds can’t have this much luck.’”
Reed, a father of three, works as a welder but found out two months ago he will be laid off in early 2013.
“I lose my job in February,” said Reed. “February 27 is my last day at work after 16 years in the factory.”
After a sleepless night last night, Reed came to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis this afternoon and claimed his prize, still wondering how life can change in an instant.
“This came at an amazing time. My five-year old daughter has been sick, there was the whole car situation and I lost my cousin – who was just like my brother – three weeks ago. There is no doubt; someone is smiling down on me.
“Euphoric – that’s how I feel,” said Reed. “I can take care of my family. I don’t know if I’d feel the same way if we weren’t in our current circumstances. But, since we are in our current circumstances, it feels incredible – just incredible.”
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 $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.
For more information, please contact Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4805.
Photo: Bradley Reed poses with his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Dec. 21.