April 22, 2013

Huntington couple -- Las Vegas veterans -- happy to be back on
The Strip, courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery

WirtINDIANAPOLIS – Tammy Wirt and her husband, Richard, are no strangers to Las Vegas. The Huntington couple has been to the iconic American tourist destination numerous times, most notably for their wedding 19 years ago next month.

Their latest Vegas excursion, however, is in a category all by itself as the trip came courtesy of Wirt’s good fortune in a Hoosier Lottery second-chance drawing. Wirt’s non-winning The Price Is Right scratch-off ticket was selected in a drawing Oct. 24, clearing the way for a three-night, four-day trip to the Las Vegas Strip.

Tammy and Richard traveled to Las Vegas April 18 with accommodations at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Tammy Wirt was one of four Hoosier Lottery winners to make the trip to Las Vegas to participate in the $1 Million Las Vegas Game Show Experience.

The Experience consisted of playing live versions of each of six iconic TV game shows:  Match Game, Card Sharks, Family Feud, Press Your Luck, Let’s Make a Deal and The Price Is Right. Players were awarded prize money based on their performance in each game, and each had a shot at a bonus prize of $1 million.

“We love Las Vegas,” said Tammy, “and having the opportunity to play all the game shows was so much fun.”

In addition to the experience of just being in Las Vegas, Wirt won $5,100 in prize money as part of the $1 Million Live Game Show Experience.

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.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.


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: Wirt on stage in the $1 Million Live Game Show Experience.


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