FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2010


Hoosier Lottery win brightens Hagerstown woman's bad day

RhodusINDIANAPOLIS – There's nothing like winning the Lottery to brighten up a bad Monday. A Hagerstown woman knows this firsthand after winning a chunk of cash from the Hoosier Lottery Monday.

After a hectic morning of changed plans and rearranged schedules, Karen Rhodus found herself scratching off a $100,000 top prize on a $100,000 Double Play ticket she purchased at One and 70 Shell at 1598  N. State Road One in Cambridge City.

"It was kind of a bad day up to that point," said Rhodus as she explained how she came to be in the right place at the right time.  "It wasn't my normal schedule."

Rhodus works in home healthcare.  She is also in the process of selling her house.  Due to a last minute work schedule change and an unexpected house showing, Rhodus found herself at the Burger King near the One and 70 Shell station at the exact right time to buy the last $100,000 winning Double Play ticket.

The lifelong Hagerstown resident was so excited about her win she gave a $100 bill to the clerk who sold her the winning ticket even before she claimed her prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters on Tuesday.  Rhodus has no exotic travels or extravagant plans for her winnings.  She plans to pay bills and help her parents with some home improvement projects.  That's not to say she isn't excited and relieved at the prospect of being debt-free and helping her parents complete some neglected projects.

"My main priority is bills," said Rhodus.  "I won't have to worry for a while."

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


For more information, please contact Betsy Roberts at or 317-264-4852.

Photo:  Karen Rhodus claims her prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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