December 7, 2012

Michigan man spoils wife with $250,000 windfall

Brown Thomas - $250,000INDIANAPOLIS – It’s going to be a Merry Christmas for one Auburn Hills, Mich., family.  After winning $250,000 playing Mega Millions® in Indianapolis, Thomas Brown got to do something a lot of people dream about.  He drove his wife to a car dealership and told her to get whatever she wanted.  

“I went to the Chrysler dealership and told my wife to pick out her Christmas present,” said Thomas Brown. 

She picked out a 2013 Dodge Avenger.

While the image of a giant bow on a brand new car at Christmastime might seem a little indulgent, Brown insists he is taking a restrained approach.  Before claiming his prize, and before going to the dealership, Brown went straight to the bank and made arrangements to pay off his mortgage and talked to a financial advisor.

“We’re not gonna buy a lot of toys,” said Brown. “It’s a given we’re gonna pay the mortgage off. I’ve already talked to the bank.”

Brown is a cross-country truck driver who is based out of Indianapolis, near the spot he purchased his winning ticket, Flying J Travel Plaza, Pilot at 1720 West Thompson Road in Indianapolis. His Mega Millions ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Megaball® number in the Nov. 30 Mega Millions drawing.

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.

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Photo: Truck driver Thomas Brown claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.  

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