Indianapolis man wins $250,000 playing Poker Lotto

Kentucky Ave. retailer deals a winning hand

RunnelsINDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 21, 2013) - William Runnels of Indianapolis is the first lucky player to claim a $250,000 top prize on the Hoosier Lottery's new Poker Lotto draw game.

The draw game uses card symbols instead of numbers and offers two ways to win.  Players can win instantly, with one of nine poker hands, or by matching the symbols on their ticket to the card symbols drawn in the nightly drawing.   No poker skill is necessary.

Runnels said he took a chance on the new game because he is a fan of card games.  "I like cards, but I'm not that good at poker," said Runnels.

"I saw on television where it said to say 'deal me in,' so I told the clerk to 'deal me in,' and she dealt me in!" said Runnels who purchased his winning ticket at Food Mart at 4906 Kentucky Ave. in Indianapolis.

The ticket the clerk dealt Runnels matched all five symbols drawn in the Sept. 16 Poker Lotto drawing. As he claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Sept. 18, Runnels talked about what winning a quarter of a million dollars will allow him to do.

"I'm going to save a little and spend a little on my grandbaby," said Runnels. "I've been blessed.  I can't say I don't have a lot, but I want to be comfortable when I retire."

Runnels, who is originally from Texas, has worked as a certified nurse's assistant since 1983.

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