March 4, 2011

Princeton couple nabs top prize on Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler

Johnson BonitaINDIANAPOLIS – When Bonita Johnson and her husband Steve made the trek north to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis from Princeton, Ind., she still wasn’t quite sure to believe the Scratch-off ticket she held in her hand was worth as much as they’d hoped.  A quick check by Hoosier Lottery Prize Payment officials of the $3 Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler was enough to let them both know the trip was well worth their time.

The Johnsons won the top prize of $50,000 on a Scratch-off that Steve purchased a few days prior from the local Fastbreak convenience store located at 1702 West Broadway in Princeton.

Steve scratched the winning ticket, thinking he only had a few of the words on the board. But after a more careful inspection from Bonita, the couple realized they had ten words to win the top prize.

“We just kept counting and re-counting words,” recalled Bonita Johnson. “We thought we only had nine, but when we found the tenth we realized how much we’d won.”

For Bonita, a staffer at the Princeton Public Library, and Steve, a retired truck driver their win means a decent retirement savings that didn’t exist before now. With no plans to quit working anytime soon, Bonita Johnson is thankful for the peace of mind it brings.

“With the exception of a small amount held aside for our kids,” said Bonita Johnson, “it will all be invested for our future.”

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to sign the back of their tickets and to always play responsibly.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Scratch-offs in Indiana is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.



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