May 8, 2013

New Castle couple's Hoosier Lottery win offers validation for persistent wives everywhere!

SimpkinsINDIANAPOLIS - Husbands, take note.  A New Castle couple's $300,000 Hoosier Lottery win is a perfect example of why it pays, sometimes literally, to listen to your wife.  Cathy Simpkins repeatedly asked her husband David to go to the store to buy Quick Draw tickets for her Monday night. David, who was in for the night and simply didn't want to go back to the store, initially resisted, but eventually caved. 

Cathy is glad she persisted and David is glad he obliged because one of the tickets he reluctantly purchased matched 10 of the 20 winning numbers in the May 6 drawing and was worth $300,000. The happy couple claimed their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Tuesday.

With check in hand, the couple laughed and joked about their win-that-almost-wasn't. It may be true that "all's well that ends well," but David Simpkins admitted he had been genuinely annoyed with his wife's persistence at the time.

"I probably asked him (to go to the store for me) a dozen times (that) night," said Cathy Simpkins.

"I made sure to run all my errands before I got home because I didn't want to go back to town. She kept insisting, so I finally gave in and went back out and got 'em," said David Simpkins who purchased Cathy's winning ticket at Fast Shop 'N Go at 310 South Memorial Drive in New Castle.

David is a subcontractor and Cathy works at Family Dollar.  The couple has a 15-year-old son and an older son currently serving in the Marines. They plan to use some of their $300,000 winnings to visit their son in the Marines in California before he ships out later this year.

"We're going to pay some bills and buy some 'wants,'" said David Simpkins. "Our 15-year-old has a list of things he's asking for."

Simpkins I wonWas their $300,000 windfall enough to convince David to listen to his wife the next time she asks for a similar favor?

"Probably not," said David.

"He will," said a smiling Cathy.

"Well, I won't want to, but I probably will," agreed David.

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.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448. 


For more information, please contact Al Larsen at or 317-264-4805 or Betsy Gutierrez at or 317-264-4852.

Photo:  Cathy and David Simpkins of New Castle claim their $200,000 winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis May 7. 


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