November 20, 2012

Martinsville man cashes in on random Mega Millions purchase

FinneyINDIANAPOLIS – Jackie Finney of Martinsville likes to play Mega Millions every now and then, and used to pick his own numbers when he did play. But, he “got tired of that,” so now he just asks for a “Quick Pick” when he goes to the store.

After matching five of six numbers in last Friday night’s drawing and winning $250,000, he’s happy with his new style of play.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Finney, a retired highway construction worker and lifelong Martinsville resident. “I don’t play all the time; just when I remember to.”

Finney, who purchased his winning ticket at Murphy USA at 629 Birk Road in Martinsville, discovered his win Sunday afternoon and claimed his prize late Monday afternoon. So, how well did he sleep Sunday night?

“This didn’t change a thing; I slept just fine,” said Finney. “I’m 79 years old – been there, done that.”

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 or 317-264-4805.

Photo: Jackie Finney poses with his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Nov. 19.

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