South Bend construction worker wins $150,000

Father of four snags life-changing win

ArroyoINDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2013) -  Gabriel Arroyo received $10 change when he filled his gas tank at Charlie's at 2334 Prairie Street in South Bend Tuesday.  Without thinking too much about it, Arroyo took that $10 bill, popped it into a Hoosier Lottery instant ticket vending machine  - and changed his family's life.

Arroyo purchased four tickets, one of which was a $5 Winner Take All Scratch-off that ended up being a top prize winner.  The lucky man was stunned when he scratched the ticket at home later revealing the $150,000 prize.

"I couldn't believe it," said Arroyo. "It didn't seem real.  I didn't think it could be real."

After inspecting the ticket, Arroyo's wife Maria, who was with him when he scratched the ticket, said she refused to accept their good fortune until she saw the prize check with her own eyes.

Arroyo claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters August 23.

With their winnings in the bank, the couple can now rest easy.  They plan to pay off their house and truck with their prize money and are looking forward to a debt-free life.

Profits from Scratch-off tickets, like all Hoosier Lottery games, benefit all 92 Indiana counties. In fiscal year 2011, the most recent year for which numbers are available, more than $18.9 million went to St. Joseph County, including $7.4 million to players in the form of prizes, $2.3 million to retailers as commissions and bonuses, $3.1 million to firefighters, police and teachers pension support and $5.8 to reduce St, Joseph County drivers' vehicle excise tax which lowers license plate costs by about 50 percent statewide.

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ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.


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Photo:  Arroyo claims his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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