October 19, 2012

 Jokes and laughter accompany Lake County lottery win

MinkINDIANAPOLIS – For the last 14 years Edie Mink of Shelby, Ind., has driven a truck for a vending machine company - and she loves it.  She loves it so much she’s going to keep doing it even after winning $1 million on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. 

“I’m going to keep working.  I really like my job!” said Mink. “We’re going to get completely out of debt and pay off everything - the house, the cars, credit cards - everything.”

The ticket to Mink’s financial peace of mind was a million-dollar, top-prize winning Hoosier Lottery Black Scratch-off that she purchased at Morocco Smart Shop at 2019 S. U.S. Highway 41 in Morocco.  Mink claimed her winnings with her husband Neil at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Oct. 17. 

“We’ve had so much fun laughing and joking about what we could do with the money,” said Mink.  “There are so many things we can do. It still seems so unreal. This doesn’t happen to people like us!” 

The Minks have six grown children and four grandchildren between them.  After they pay off everything, they plan to indulge just a little.  They say they may do “something different” and are considering a cruise, possibly to Alaska.

Two top prizes of $1 million remain unclaimed on the Hoosier Lottery Black game.  One of the remaining $1 million prizes may be won instantly and the other will be awarded through the game’s second chance promotion.

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.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.

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For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

Photo: Neil and Edie Mink claim their $1 million prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters October 17.

 

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