May 4, 2011

Lafayette stable owner finds extra stability in lottery win

SilverbergINDIANAPOLIS – Gayle Silverberg almost missed out on $75,000.  She caught the clerk at her local Meijer store just moments before closing time.  Another couple minutes and Silverberg’s $75,000 winning ticket would have gone to somebody else.

“I have many days where I just feel lucky,” explained Silverberg.  “And I was feeling lucky that day so I spent my $5 on one of the new scratch-off tickets.”

That ticket is the $5 Muscle Car Money Scratch-off which gives players the chance to win a new muscle car of their choice or cash prizes up to the grand prize of $75,000. Silverberg says she didn’t want the car but wanted to win the money.  Mission accomplished.

Silverberg purchased her winning ticket from the Meijer store located at 4901 State Road 26 East in Lafayette, Ind. Silverberg claimed her prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis with her husband Jack and daughter Jodi in tow.

The Silverberg’s own and operate G and J Farm & Stable in Lafayette and hope to use some of their winnings to make improvements to the stables and grounds.  Daughter Jodi is due with their first grandchild later this summer and mom was excited to take her daughter shopping for a new crib for the baby.  Jodi’s twin sister Geri, however, didn’t get as sweet of a deal.

“Geri’s toilet broke yesterday so I told her I would buy her a new one,” laughed Silverberg.

A transplant from California within the last four years, Silverberg and her family hope the improvements made to the family stable will give business a little boost as well.

“I’ve had a lot of miracles in my life,” said Silverberg. “This just feels like a second wind.”

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from sale of scratch-offs in Indiana is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.



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