April 2, 2013

Indy couple wins $1 million on Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket

Coronel RomeroINDIANAPOLIS -- Gema Coronel-Romero and her husband, Miguel, like to play Hoosier Lottery scratch-off games for fun, but prior to March 21, had never splurged on a $20 ticket. Feeling adventurous, they decided to team up that day to play one; Miguel picked it out and Gema paid for it. To put it mildly, their plan worked out pretty well.

After scratching the ticket, Gema and Miguel found themselves holding a $1 million winner on the game $5 Million Club.

"We had never bought a $20 ticket before and we only bought that one," said Gema. "We didn't believe it at first, but it is starting to feel real - at least a little bit."

The lucky couple purchased their lucky ticket at Kroger at 5173 West Washington Street in Indianapolis.

20-year old Gema and 22-year old Miguel are the parents of two small children and plan to use a portion of their winnings to buy their first house.

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.

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