March 22, 2013

Lake County woman turns jackpot dreams into $150,000

Watts I wonINDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County woman is the Hoosier state’s latest big Scratch-off winner.  Melissa Watts of Munster claimed a $150,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Thursday after purchasing a winning Lucky Loot ticket at Citgo at 1750 45th Street in Munster.

Watts was in the store purchasing a Powerball ticket for Wednesday night’s big $260 million drawing when she decided to add a Lucky Loot scratch-off ticket to her purchase.  She didn’t win the Powerball millions, but that Scratch-off ended up paying off for Watts to the tune off $150,000.

“It feels amazing. I keep saying that over and over, “ said Watts.

No player nationwide won Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot so it has swelled to an estimated $320 million for Saturday.

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. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.


For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at or 317-242-8803.


Photo:  Melissa Watts claims her winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis March 22.


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