Nov. 5, 2012

Indy couple’s $1 million win “a blessing” that is “meant to be”

StrodeINDIANAPOLIS – For one Indianapolis couple, winning $1 million from the Hoosier Lottery is “a blessing” that is “meant to be.”  Vickie and Jim Strode of Indianapolis just won $1 million on a Hoosier Lottery $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratch-off.   

Vickie bought the ticket last Thursday on a lark at Speedway at 4610 Kentucky Ave. in Indianapolis.  The lucky Hoosier said she feels like her windfall is meant to be because it was an unusual purchase for her.  She stepped outside her normal routine in buying that particular ticket.

“I honestly don’t know why I bought that ticket,” said Strode. “I don’t usually play that game. It was meant to be.”

Strode is retired and her husband is an IMPD cold case investigative consultant.  They plan to use their winnings to pay off all their bills, help out their family and do some travelling.

“It’s a blessing,” said Vickie Strode. “Nobody thinks it’s going to happen to you.”

Strode said that one thing that makes the win such a blessing – and so special - is that it allows her to finally fulfill a lifelong dream of travelling to Europe. Strode, her sister and her brother had planned for years to go to Europe but recently cancelled the trip due to her brother’s ailing health.

“He wants to know we’ll still go,” said Vickie Strode. “Now we can.”

Strode is the fifth lucky winner to claim a $1 million prize on the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game. Two $1 million prizes remain unclaimed at this time. The game also pays a $5 million top prize. One of those remains unclaimed at this time as well. Click here to see more big winners on the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratch-off.

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 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.8 billion in player prizes.

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Photo: Jim and Vickie Strode claim Vickie’s winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Nov. 5.


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