Muncie grandmother wins $75,000 from Lottery

90-year-old winner plans to give winnings to her children

INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2013) -  A 90-year-old Muncie woman who won $75,000 on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off plans to give her winnings to her three grown children.

Norma Rittmeyer, a retired nurse, claimed her winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis July 12.  Although she still drives, Rittmeyer was accompanied by her son-in-law Seth Pruden as she claimed her winnings.  Rittmeyer is retired from the Ball State University Health Center.  She served as a nurse in World War II.

Rittmeyer was all smiles as she claimed her winnings, but was having a hard time believing that her good luck was real.

"It doesn't seem possible," said Rittmeyer.

The lucky grandmother-of-11 plays Hoosier Lottery crossword scratch-off games every week, spending about $20 a week.  On the day she won, she had purchased four of the $75,000 Crossword games at Main Street Market at 3910 W. Bethel Ave. in Muncie.

Rittmeyer is the first lucky player to claim a $75,000 top prize on the Hoosier Lottery's new $75,000 Crossword scratch-off game which launched July 3. Eight top prizes remain unclaimed on the game at this time.

According to the most current report available, players in Delaware County won Hoosier Lottery prizes totaling more than $4.4 million in fiscal year 2011. Hoosier Lottery retailers in Delaware County received $1.2 million in bonuses and commissions.  More than $4.3 million went to good causes in Delaware County, including $1.9 million to support police, firefighters' and teachers retirements funds and $2.4 million to the Build Indiana Fund where it was used to reduce Delaware County residents' vehicle excise taxes.

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ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce  excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.

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