January 8, 2013

Seeing isn’t believing for Jeffersonville winner’s wife!

DerleinINDIANAPOLIS – Winning the Hoosier Lottery is something that most Hoosiers dream about.  Everybody seems to have a plan for what they would do if it happened to them.  As Jason Derlein of Jeffersonville, knows, it is one thing to dream about it - and it is another thing to actually experience it!

Like everybody else, Derlein plays the Lottery because he hopes to win.  He said he enjoys playing new Scratch-offs when they first launch. When his strategy paid off, Derlein wasn’t prepared for it.   

The IT software developer found himself hyperventilating, holding a $100,000 winning Hoosier Lottery ticket in the parking lot of a Clarksville Circle K at 419 Eastern Blvd.  He caught his breath and immediately called his wife to tell her his amazing news. 

Derlein was surprised to find his good fortune was not met with the enthusiasm he had anticipated.

“She was mad.  She said, ‘Stop messing around!  I don’t have time for this, I’m at work,’” said Derlein. “I sent her a picture of the ticket and she still didn’t believe me.”

As he left Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Tuesday with his check, Derlein said with a smile, “I think she’ll change her tune now.”

Derlein and his wife have been hoping to move up to a bigger home.  He said he plans to use his winnings to boost their budget on a new home and start a college fund for their almost-one-year-old daughter.

 “Our baby turns one next week,” said Derlein.  “Her party might get a little bigger now.”   

The Winning in Spades Scratch-off launched Jan. 3.  Derlein is the first lucky player to claim a top prize on the new Scratch-off.  Seven top prizes are unclaimed on the $5 game at this time.

 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 bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.


Photo: Jason Derlein of Jeffersonville claims his $100,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Jan. 8.


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