February 18, 2013
Indianapolis woman plans to honor her mother after
winning $77,777 Hoosier Lottery prize
INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been about 30 years since Pamela Williamson lost her mother, and during that time, she’s been unable to purchase a headstone to mark her mother’s grave.
But, Williamson and her husband, John, plan to change that after claiming a $77,777 Hoosier Lottery prize last Friday.
It was last Thursday that the Williamsons treated themselves to a few scratch-off tickets as part of their Valentine’s Day fun. After having lunch together, they picked up a few Hoosier Lottery games, scratched them off and were shocked at what they saw on one of the $5 7s Series tickets they purchased.
“We couldn’t believe our eyes,” said John. “We had four other people look it over, and then we still took it back to the store and checked it on the self-scanner. When we did that, the ticket checker went berserk.”
The Williamsons purchased their lucky ticket at Speedway at 2601 South Lynhurst in Indianapolis.
And, even though their win has yet to fully sink in, Pamela was quick to declare her plans for the winnings.
“I’m going to get my mom a headstone,” said Pamela. “She’s been gone for about 30 years and I’m very glad I can do that now.”
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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.
For more information, please contact Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4805.
Photo: John and Pamela Williamson pose with their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Feb. 15.