December 3, 2012

Indianapolis truck driver and single father wins $100,000

RogersINDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis truck driver unknowingly drove around with an unscratched Hoosier Lottery ticket worth $100,000 tucked in his visor for more than a day before discovering his win.

James Rogers purchased a top prize-winning Jingle Jackpot ticket at Doc’s Amoco at 6256 E. Corridor Road in Marion last Wednesday, but he didn’t know it.  Like a lot of people, he tucked the ticket away, planning to scratch it off later.  When he finally got around to scratching it Thursday evening, he was shocked to discover it was worth $100,000!

Rogers claimed his prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Friday.

“It feels good,” said Rogers. “I definitely needed it.”

The truck driver of 23 years has three children; one in high school and two in college at Indiana University.  He plans to use his winnings to help pay for their educations.

“I’ve got two in college and one in high school that’s going to go to college,” said Rogers.  “It ain’t cheap.”

With some extra cash in the bank, Rogers also sees a used, but new to him, Ford F-150 in his future. He said he is excited to take his children shopping for Christmas.

Rogers is the first lucky Hoosier to claim a $100,000 top prize on the Jingle Jackpot Scratch-off.  Two top prizes remain unclaimed at this time.

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 $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 players to always play responsibly.

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Photo: James Rogers claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.  

 

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