October 11, 2012

Lottery-winning parents excited to help kids

GallmeyerINDIANAPOLIS – An Allen County couple says winning the Hoosier Lottery is “surreal.” Brenda and Jeff Gallmeyer of Roanoke, Ind., were so happy they were almost at a loss for words as they claimed a $125,000 Scratch-off prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Wednesday.  The lucky winners were thrilled -- not to be able to buy stuff or take a lavish vacation -- but for the peace of mind that comes from being able to help their children get a head start in their own lives. 

“We’re excited for the sake of our kids,” said Brenda Gallmeyer.  “It’s an unexpected gift, a true blessing.”

The Gallmeyers are lifelong Hoosiers.  Brenda works for a small publishing company and Jeff is an engineer. They have two children in college and one in high school who also plans to go to college.

“This gives us a little breathing room. It will help our kids graduate from college without debt,” said Gallmeyer. “With five drivers in the family, we might be able to replace one car and maybe take a small vacation.”

Brenda Gallmeyer’s winning ticket came from Sparky Mart at 8984 N. U.S. Highway 24 E in Roanoke.  She is the fourth lucky player to claim a $125,000 top prize on the $5 Fat Wallet scratch-off game.  One 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.

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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: Brenda and Jeff Gallmeyer of Roanoke at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters October 10.

 

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