FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 21, 2011

Indianapolis man wins $10,000 at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters

Thomas RichardINDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man topped off a week of Scratch-off wins with a $10,000 win on a ticket purchased directly from Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.  Richard Thomas was at the Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Prize Payment office at 201 S. Capitol Ave. last Friday when he purchased a Scratch-off from claims clerk Danielle Alums. That ticket turned out to be worth $10,000!

“We are so excited to sell a big winner here,” said Flora Jones, Hoosier Lottery Prize Payment Manager.  “It’s so much fun to be a part of his win!”

Thomas’ Headquarters win topped off a string of nice wins last week.  Early in the week he purchased three Scratch-offs that netted him two $100 prizes and a $1,000 prize.  While at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters cashing in his $1,000 prize he bought three more tickets and won $20, $30 and $10,000.  Thomas’s $10,000 win was on the $10 $80 Million Cash Spectacular game.  The other winners were on that game and the $20 $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game.

Thomas is a Marion County Sherriff’s Deputy.  He plans to use his winnings to expand an already-in-the-works annual Florida fishing trip.

“I think it’s going to be better now,” joked Thomas.  “Instead of seven, it might be ten or fourteen days.”

The $80 Million Cash Spectacular and $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratch-offs offer an amazing amount of winning experiences and are designed to pay out approximately $80 and $100 million respectively.  At this time, five top prizes of $1 million remain unclaimed on the $80 Million Cash Spectacular.  Two top prizes of $5 million and five top prizes of $1 million remain unclaimed on the $100 Million Cash Spectacular game. Click here and here to see all prizes available on these Scratch-offs.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Scratch-offs in Indiana is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.

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