April 11, 2013
Remington purchase gives Indianapolis man big Cash 5 win
INDIANAPOLIS – Eleven days, 92 miles and an expired driver’s license. That’s what separated a recent Cash 5 jackpot hit in Remington and the winner who claimed it Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Back on March 31, Benjamin Gonzalez’s father surprised him with news that Benjamin’s ticket had won the jackpot in the March 30 Cash 5 drawing. But, Benjamin had to wait to claim his $84,724 prize. It wasn’t a lack of enthusiasm that kept him from coming to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters sooner. It was an expired driver’s license and a hectic work schedule.
“I had to get a new license and I couldn’t get away from work to do it,” said Benjamin. “So, I had to wait. I finally got that done last weekend, so then I could come in and get my prize.”
But, how did a Remington retailer – Casey’s at 21 West Division Street, to be exact -- become the lucky spot for an Indianapolis resident?
“My dad and I have this tradition of going here and there to buy lottery tickets, just for fun,” said Benjamin. “Since he lives close to Remington and has better luck than I do, I gave him a few bucks and let him pick the numbers.”
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.
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Photo: Benjamin Gonzalez poses with his Cash 5 jackpot prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.