December 11, 2012
Muncie handyman wins $210,000 Cash 5 jackpot
INDIANAPOLIS - A Cash 5 ticket purchased at a Muncie retailer hit the jackpot in Friday night's drawing and won a game-record $210,000. Only one question remained throughout the weekend, and that was "who is the lucky owner of that winning ticket?"
The mystery was solved quickly Monday morning when Jerry Johnson of Muncie walked into Hoosier Lottery Headquarters just eight minutes after it opened and presented a Cash 5 ticket with those five numbers on it - and he walked out with a big fat check. Johnson was the lucky player holding that ticket, which was sold by Village Pantry at 2501 South Macedonia in Muncie.
Johnson had only played Cash 5 a few times. He only started playing because he received a free Cash 5 ticket with a Powerball® purchase a couple weeks ago. He liked the five numbers on his free Cash 5 ticket and decided to play them a few more times. Those five numbers, 13-14-20-31-39, were the five Cash 5 numbers drawn December 7, winning Johnson the game's biggest jackpot to date.
"I must have looked at that ticket 100 times," said Johnson.
Friday night's jackpot hit was the third in the short history of Cash 5, which launched Nov. 4. Edgar Relf of Merrillville laid claim to the first jackpot prize of $77,500 in the Nov. 15 drawing; Nancy Harman of Fort Wayne scored a $52,500 jackpot win two nights later.
Cash 5 offers the best cash odds of any Hoosier Lottery draw game and costs just $1 per play. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8. Cash 5 numbers are drawn every night. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and rolls, or increases, every night until it is hit.
Players may purchase Cash 5 tickets anywhere Hoosier Lottery draw games are sold and may be purchased simply by asking a retail clerk for "Cash 5."
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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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