March 18, 2013

Jasonville coal miner wins $138,000 on free ticket

Crace CloudINDIANAPOLIS –  A Jasonville man plans to take his first-ever vacation after winning $138,000 on a free Hoosier Lottery Cash 5 ticket over the weekend.  

Stephen Crace claimed his prize this morning at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.  As he waited for his winnings, the Green County man admitted that his win was somewhat of a fluke.  Crace said he regularly buys Scratch-offs but only found himself in possession of a winning Cash 5 draw ticket after winning it on a new Instant Cash 5 Scratch-off game

“Initially I figured I might get a dollar out of it,” said Crace.

The lucky winner got a lot more than a dollar out of it and he said he plans to use his windfall to do something he has never done before – take a vacation.

“I’m going to take my dad fishing in Alaska,” said Crace.

“It’s cool to suddenly get a couple three years wages at once,” said Crace, a coal miner who previously worked for the railroad. “But I’ll keep working and pay off my car and some small bills and maybe the property.”

Crace’s winning ticket came from Country Porch Convenience Store at 221 East Main Street in Jasonville.

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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Photo: (L)J.R. Parsons and his son (R)Stephen Crace claim Crace's $138,000 Cash 5 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters March 18.

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