July 3, 2012

Home ownership the goal for Charlestown winner

FitzgeraldINDIANAPOLIS – What started as the purchase of a $5 Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket may just end up as home ownership for a lucky winner from Charlestown, Ind.

Robert Fitzgerald purchased and scratched his lucky Casino Cash Out ticket Saturday at Thornton’s at 2980 Highway 62 East in Jeffersonville. He knew immediately he was a winner and then came to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis as soon as possible Monday morning to take his place as one of the game’s $100,000 top-prize winners.

Fitzgerald, who is a Charlestown native, purchases all of his Hoosier Lottery tickets at Thornton’s and picked this particular one because he said it caught his eye.

When asked what he might do with his winnings, he didn’t even have to think about it.

“I’m going to get a house,” said Fitzgerald.

Casino Cash Out is one of the newest Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs, launched just last month.

The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to return the maximum net income to the state in a socially-responsible manner. 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 produced more than $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 more than $8.7 billion in player prizes.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.

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For more information, please contact Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

Photo:  Robert Fitzgerald at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters July 2.

 

 

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