February 7, 2013

Freedom man wins $1 million in Hoosier Lottery

DavisINDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana man from the tiny town of Freedom, near Spencer, is the latest lucky Hoosier to hit it big playing the Lottery.  Hoosier Lottery officials introduced Martin Davis this morning at a check presentation at the Circle K location in Spencer where Davis recently purchased his lucky ticket.

Tears welled in Davis’s eyes as he talked about his plans for his winnings.

“I can take care of my dad now,” said Davis.  “That’s the first thing I’m going to do.  His house needs some work and I can set him up now.”

Davis has already met with a financial advisor.  In addition to helping his father, he wants to purchase a pickup truck for himself and maybe eventually take a once-in-a-lifetime Hawaiian vacation.

“It’s life-changing,” said Davis. “No sooner had I scratched it (the winning ticket) off, it changed my life.”

Davis purchased his winning ticket at Circle K at 404 W. Morgan Street in Spencer. 

He is the seventh person to claim a $1 million top-prize on the $80 Million Cash Spectacular game so far.  One top prize remains unclaimed at this time.

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.

For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

Photo: Martin Davis of Freedom, Ind. claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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