June 6, 2011

Shelbyville native hits $500,000!

WagnerINDIANAPOLIS – $500,000 is a lot of money.  Jeffrey Wagner plans to use the $500,000 he just won from the Hoosier Lottery to do a lot of good things for his family.

Wagner was born in Shelbyville, but lives in Carrollton, TX where he is a school administrator.  The Ball State graduate was back in Shelbyville, as he frequently is, visiting his parents earlier this week.  He stopped at Village Pantry at 1007 East State Road 44 and purchased a new $500,000 Money Match Scratch-off.  He scratched the ticket while eating breakfast in the McDonald’s parking lot.

Wagner was all smiles as he claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon.  He was still in shock from his win just hours earlier.

“I couldn’t believe it!” said Wagner.

Wagner plans to use the money to help his daughter , a recent New York University graduate, with her student loans.  He planned to surprise her by transferring money to her account before telling her.

Wagner is the first player to claim a top prize on the $500,000 Money Match Scratch-off.  Two top prizes remain unclaimed at this time.  Players are encouraged to enter their non-winning $500,000 Money Match tickets at www.mylottery.com for a chance to win additional cash prizes.

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

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from sales of Scratch-off tickets 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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