November 20, 2012
Lafayette man wins $120,000 on a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off
INDIANAPOLIS – A Lafayette man is waking up a little wealthier these days after winning $120,000 over the weekend on a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Dennis Balser Jr. purchased a Double Platinum 20X ticket for $5 at Village Pantry at 601 Union Street in Lafayette, scratched it at the store and then had a hard time believing what he saw.
“I thought I’d won $120,000, but I asked the clerk ‘is this real,’” said Balser. “She said, ‘it’s real.’ It’s still hard to believe.”
Balser is the fifth lucky player to win a top prize on Double Platinum 20X. One $120,000 top prize remains unclaimed at this time.
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.
For more information, please contact Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4805.
Photo: Dennis Balser Jr. poses with his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Nov. 19.