January 2, 2013

New Castle grandparents cap off holidays
with $1 million Powerball® win

ArcheyINDIANAPOLIS – A Henry County couple ended 2012 with a bang. Dennis and Julie Archey claimed a $1 million Powerball prize Dec. 31 at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.  The lucky couple presented Lottery officials with a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the Dec. 19 drawing.  Those winning numbers were:  5-8-20-23-30 PB: 3.

Dennis Archey purchased the lucky ticket at Village Pantry at 603 Broad Street in New Castle.   The Chrysler retiree and his wife, a hospice RN, have been married for 39 years and have two grown children and three young granddaughters. 

They have been regular Powerball players since the game started, playing faithfully twice a week.

“People always ask us, ‘why do you spend money on the Lottery?’” said Julie Archey. “We always tell them, ‘somebody’s going to win.’”

The Archey’s say the best part of winning a million dollars will be the extra security that comes from knowing the money is there if they need it – and spoiling their granddaughters.  

As they claimed their winnings, the happy couple was exceptionally grounded in their approach to their windfall.  They planned to celebrate their win and ring in the New Year babysitting their granddaughters.

“We’re pretty laid-back folks,” said Dennis Archey. “This is a blessing.”

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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For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

 Photo: Julie and Dennis Archey claim their $1 million prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Dec. 31, 2012.

 

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