January 16, 2013
Kokomo man gives wife $50,000 lottery ticket for Christmas
INDIANAPOLIS – A Kokomo man has set the gift-giving bar pretty high, thanks to the Hoosier Lottery. When Tim Waltman tucked a handful of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs in his wife’s Christmas stocking, he had no idea he was giving her a $50,000 Christmas gift. One of the tickets, a Money Ball Bingo Scratch-off, was a $50,000 top prize winner.
Sharon Waltman didn’t discover her win until Jan. 14 when she finally got around to scratching off her tickets.
“It’s too unreal,” said Sharon Waltman. “You don’t think that kind of thing is going to happen to you!”
But it is real and it happened - and the Waltmans have the money in the bank to prove it after claiming Sharon’s prize Jan. 15.
With their holiday windfall, the Waltmans plan to pay off their mortgage a little early. They said the timing of the win makes it feel like it was meant to be.
“For Christmas we told both our mothers we would take them on a trip to Branson for a week,” said Waltman. “Now we can do it without worrying about the money.”
Tim Waltman purchased the lucky ticket at Village Pantry at 500 E. Center Road in Kokomo.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at email@example.com or 317-242-8803.
Photo: Sharon Waltman claims her $50,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.