Kokomo heavy equipment operator scores $1 million

Vore ticketINDIANAPOLIS (July 9, 2013) -  A Kokomo man has claimed the $1 million grand prize in the Hoosier Lottery Independence Day Millionaire Raffle.  Jeff Vore presented the winning raffle ticket to Hoosier Lottery officials in Indianapolis July 8.  Today, Maurice Markey, Hoosier Lottery General Manager and Chief Operating Officer introduced Vore in a ceremony at Soupley's Wine and Spirits, the Kokomo retailer where Vore purchased his lucky ticket.

Vore's ticket had six little digits that he hopes will make a big difference in his life:  107460. Together, those six digits, the winning raffle number, add up to $1 million for the heavy equipment operator.  

The hardworking Howard County man has no plans to retire any time soon.  Vore plans to keep earning his paycheck and invest wisely to make his money work for him in the long run.  He's already seeking the advice of a financial advisor. 

"I want this to earn money for me," said Vore. "I want to be smart about it and hold onto it. I want this to have made a difference in forty years."

Vore does have one little indulgence on his list of things to do with his winnings. He is going to buy a new motorcycle.  He's already visited the Harley Davidson dealership and picked it out.  Vore is an avid cycle enthusiast who plans to ride his new cycle in upcoming local benefit rides.

Vore purchased his winning ticket at Soupley's Wine and Spirits at 2100 North Apperson Way in Kokomo. The Hoosier Lottery presented Soupley's with a one percent retailer bonus, a check in the amount of $10,000, for selling the grand prize winning ticket. Store Owners Kyle and Dave Rayle accepted the check.

VoreVore's win is the third big win Hoosier Lottery win in Kokomo in the last month.   On June 10 GM employee, Kenneth Scott of Kokomo, scored a $50,000 Scratch-off win on a ticket he purchased at Super Test on South LaFountain in Kokomo. On June 17, bank teller, Rhonda Conwell of Kokomo, claimed a $100,000 scratch-off prize on a ticket she purchased at Woody's Food Stores on North Phillips Street in Kokomo.

In addition to the $1 million grand prize, the Independence Day Millionaire Raffle also produced 10  $10,000 winning tickets.  Those were purchased in Fort Wayne, Osceola, Roanoke, Elkhart, Hammond, Fortville, Indianapolis and Newburgh.

An additional 2,000 raffle numbers worth $100 were also drawn in the final drawing.   Players in all 92 counties around the state won cash prizes from $100 to $1 million in the Independence Day Millionaire Raffle. In total, more than 2,400 players turned red, white and blue into a stack of green this summer in the Hoosier Lottery's Independence Day Millionaire Raffle. 

Players can check their numbers and find out where all the winning Independence Day Millionaire Raffle tickets were sold at hoosierlottery.com. 

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ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce  excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.

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