April 24, 2013

Lake County man says "Aloha!" to $200,000

Zimmer I wonINDIANAPOLIS - When Ira Zimmer of Schererville presented Hoosier Lottery officials with a $200,000 winning Mix & Match ticket he knew exactly what he was going to do with his winnings.

"I'm going to take my mother to Hawaii," said Zimmer.  "She's 96 and it's the only state she hasn't been to. I'm a history buff so I'd like to see Pearl Harbor."

Zimmer, a junior high principal in the town of Hobart, matched five numbers on one line in the April 12 Mix & Match drawing to win the game's $200,000 top prize.  He purchased his lucky ticket at Cline Avenue Food Mart at 800 E. Hwy 330 in Schererville. He claimed his prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters April 23.

Before Zimmer packs his swim trunks and Hawaiian shirts and heads to our 50th state, the lucky winner plans to pay off some debt and sock away a chunk of cash so he can eventually say "aloha" to retirement.

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.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. 


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: Ira Zimmer collects his $200,000 winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

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