December 5, 2012
Monticello father-of-three hits $100,000
INDIANAPOLIS – Steven Bonnell of Monticello walked into the plastics factory where he works with a big secret Monday morning. The maintenance man had just purchased a winning Hoosier Lottery ticket worth $100,000 on his way to work.
“I was shaking so bad and so nervous,” said Bonnell. “One of the guys finally said ‘What’s wrong with you? You’re making us nervous. You’re trembling.’”
At that point Bonnell couldn’t keep his secret any longer. He blurted out, “I just won $100,000!”
His co-workers immediately cheered and congratulated him. They were thrilled for him - and urged him to take the day off to celebrate, but Bonnell refused. He put in his eight hours, although he admits it was hard to concentrate.
“This made my day, made my Christmas and made my kids’ Christmas!” said Bonnell.
Bonnell purchased his lucky ticket at Delphi Mara Mart at 900 South Washington Street, where he stops for coffee every day on his way to work. Some days he buys a lottery ticket. Some days he doesn’t. But, he’s glad he opted to make the purchase Monday.
Bonnell is the second lucky player to claim a top prize on the Hoosier Lottery Holiday Scratch-off Jingle Jackpot. Indianapolis truck driver James Rogers purchased a top-prize winning ticket on the game at his regular spot, also by his workplace, at Doc’s Amoco at 6256 E. Corridor Road in Marion last Wednesday.
LikeRogers, Bonnell also plans to use his winnings for his three children’s education. Bonnell has one in high school, one in college and one that just graduated from Ball State.
“We’ve worked in factories all our lives,” said Bonnell.
“This will help make it a lot easier,” said his wife, Brenda Bonnell.
One top prize remains unclaimed on the Jingle Jackpot game 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 $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 players to always play responsibly.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at email@example.com or 317-242-8803.
Photo: Steven Bonnell claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.