February 22, 2013

Sleepless nights follow Seymour man’s million-dollar win

 Seymour Circle K sells two winning Scratch-offs within 48 hours

AndersonINDIANAPOLIS – Winning $1 million dollars is the stuff dreams are made of.  That dream became a reality this week for Seymour resident Christopher Anderson who purchased a million-dollar top-prize winning 50 X the Money Scratch-off at Circle K at 612 Oak Street in Seymour.  

“It’s amazing.  It’s awesome!” said Anderson. “The first thing I did was sign the back of the ticket and then put it up for safekeeping.”

Even with his ticket signed and safely stashed away, Anderson said he spent a couple sleepless nights waiting to cash it in at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

“I was in a dream state,” said Anderson.  “I’ve only slept a couple hours a night.”

Anderson attributes his sleepless nights to the excitement that accompanies such a dream-come-true moment.

“I’m not worried,” said Anderson.  “I’m more excited than anything!”

Anderson is employed by Cummins. As a relatively young man in his thirties, he has no plans to retire early.  As a renter, he hopes to use his winnings to purchase a house and hopefully some land.

Anderson claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Tuesday.  He claimed his million-dollar winnings about an hour after two other Seymour residents claimed a $50,000 scratch-off prize.  Martha Wehmiller and her daughter Lucinda Howe also purchased their winning ticket at Circle K at 612 Oak Street. 

Hoosier Lottery officials introduced all three winners at joint check presentations at the lucky store today.

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. You must be 18 or older to play.


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: Christopher Anderson poses with his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.



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