January 4, 2013
Rensselaer man knows anybody can win!
INDIANAPOLIS – A lifelong Hoosier and union construction worker from Rensselaer is the latest lucky player to win big money on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. Steve Stone claimed a $100,000 top prize on the Wild Cherry Slots Scratch-off Thursday at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis. He was accompanied by his wife Sandy.
As he posed with an oversized $100,000 check, Stone couldn’t contain his glee. He even broke into song, singing a little tune he made up on the spot,“If it can happen to me, it can happen to you, doo doo doo!”
It was at that moment - as he held the $100,000 check in his hand - that Stone’s win became real to him.
The Jasper County construction worker said he had been hesitant to believe his good fortune until Lottery officials confirmed his win. He said he was nervous and hadn’t slept much since he purchased his winning ticket at Rensselaer Food Mart at 701 McKinley in Rensselaer Wednesday evening.
“I just kept thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’” said Steve Stone. “I just couldn’t believe it. I won’t believe it until I have the check in my hand.”
“We looked at it and looked at it and looked at it and looked at it and looked at it again,” said Stone. “After we looked at it enough times to realize it was probably real, Sandy started crying.”
With money-in-hand, the lucky couple said they were ready to formulate a plan for their windfall.
“We’re going to pay off some stuff,” said Steve Stone. “It will feel good, very good.”
“Makes you breathe easier,” said Sandy Stone.
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.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at email@example.com or 317-242-8803.
Photo: Steve Stone sings “It can happen to you!” as he accepts his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis January 3, 2013.