May 1, 2012

Indianapolis man wins $50,000 with Lucky 5 quick pick

HeathINDIANAPOLIS – Last Friday evening’s Lucky 5 drawing produced one top-prize winning ticket worth $50,000 and we now know who the holder of that ticket is.  Willis and Phyllis Heath of Indianapolis claimed their big prize Monday at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.

Willis Heath works for Pepsico.  The Marion County resident is a regular Lottery player who purchased the winning ticket at Payless Liquors at 2351 Lafayette Road, and matched all five numbers in Friday night’s Lucky 5 drawing. Those winning numbers were 3-13-20-29-33.  Heath’s ticket was a quick pick.

At Hoosier Lottery Headquarters, Heath joked that the win was no big deal, while his wife insisted the win was, in fact, a big deal and a welcome windfall. 

“He’s actually very happy,” said Phyllis Heath.

Lucky 5 tickets cost just $1 each and players receive two boards per play. Five numbers are selected from a pool of 1 to 36. Prizes range from $3 for a match of three numbers to $50,000 for a match of all five. Drawings are held twice daily, except for Sundays, which feature only an evening drawing.

The Hoosier Lottery is committed to providing innovative and entertaining lottery games for the benefit of the citizens of Indiana. 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 $8.5 billion in player prizes.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.


For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at or 317-242-8803.

Photo: Willis Heath show off his winnings with his wife Phyllis at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters April 30.


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