March 11, 2013

Rochester man plans to “buy a new pair of shoes” after $1 million Scratch-off win

HardingINDIANAPOLIS – A Rochester man has simple plans after winning $1 million from the Hoosier Lottery.

“I’m going to buy a new pair of shoes,” said Charles “Butch” Harding.

The Fulton County man will be in a position to buy more than a pair of shoes after scratching off a $1 million prize on the Hoosier Lottery’s Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off - but he doesn’t plan to.  For Harding, it’s all about family.

“If you don’t have family you don’t have nothing,” said Harding as he waited for his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters last Friday. “That’s what it’s all about.  I’m going to help my family be comfortable.”

Harding purchased his lucky ticket at Casey’s at 1811 E. State Road 14 in Rochester.  The million-dollar winner said he isn’t a regular Lottery player.  He only purchased his winning ticket on a lark, at the recommendation of the clerk.

“She suggested I try a new pack of tickets if I was gonna buy one,” said Harding.  “I thought, ‘well, that’s cool,’ so I did.”

The former drywall installer and current mechanic conceded that he might splurge and buy himself Notre Dame football season tickets to go with his new pair of shoes, but other than that he doesn’t plan to do things much differently than he always has.  He plans to continue going to work every day and spoiling his grandchildren.

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 Betsy Gutierrez at or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at or 317-242-8803.

Click here to see video of Charles Harding.

Photo: Charles “Butch” Harding claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters March 8.



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